‘The Admiral’s Map’
By PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; WALDESEEMULLER, Martin, 1513
Tabula Terre Nove
- Author: PTOLEMAEUS, Claudius; WALDESEEMULLER, Martin
- Publication place: Strassburg:
- Publisher: Johannes Schott, 12th March
- Publication date: 1513
- Physical description: Woodcut map
- Inventory reference: 5335
Although Waldseemüller was the first to call the New World ‘America’ in his 1507 world map, here South America is designated ‘Terra Incognita’. Waldseemmüller published Amerigo Vespucci’s ‘Quatro Navigationes’ and named the continent after him believing that Vespucci was the first to reach the New World. Here, and in all his subsequent world maps, he has tried to rectify the mistake with an inscription stating that South America was discovered by Christopher Columbus, but his name had already been adopted by other cartographers.
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