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Discovery: The Waldseemuller Map (1507)

series: Map Makers

air date: 8/21/13 3:59 AM

The first episode of the series is a story of a map which changed the way man viewed the world. It is the tale of a map now valued at 10 million dollars which has become known as the "birth certificate of America." Within the lines marked on its surface can be traced the first discoveries of the "new world," by 16th century explorers such as Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. But why were the new lands called America, and who were the men who first named the new continent on the famous Waldseemuller map? The intriguing history behind the map is revealed.

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