AMERICA COMES FROM FREIBURG: Cartographer Waldseemüller from Freiburg was the first to show the New World as a Continent in 1507 and named it AMERICA

Rudolf-Werner Dreier

Keywords: America, Martin Waldseemüller, Cartography. Amerigo Vespucci, Matthias Ringmann, Freiburg

Categories: Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

DOI: 10.17160/josha.2.3.37

Languages: English

”America“ is a word that is now part of our everyday language. We speak of ”America” and the ”Americans” rather than of the ”United States”. But where does this name come from? Very few people are aware of the fact that it was actually the work of a cartographer from Freiburg, who was the first to show the New World as a Continent in 1507 and named it AMERICA, which led to the popularization of this name throughout the world.

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