A New Theory on Mapping the New World
Although the Washington Post has an increasingly annoying web site, they also have some good stories, This Being One.
In 1507, a group of scholars
working in France produced an
extraordinary map of the world, the
first to put the still-recent
discoveries of Columbus and others into a new continent separate from Asia,
and to call that continent "America." With the Waldseemuller map, the New
World was born.It also shows South America, which leads some to believe that Portugal, Spain's great rival, sponsored
a secret expedition around 1500 that traveled through the Strait of Magellan,
around Cape Horn and up the coast of the Americas. The map s currently at the Library of Congress, which is trying
to raise $10 million to buy it. The library still needs $3.5 million.