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10/28/2009 04:14 PM ID: 81423 Permalink   

America: Named in France After an Italian by Germanic Scholars

 

While writing 'Introduction to Cosmography' in 1507, Martin Waldseemuller and Matthias Ringmann wrote that the world did not just consist of Asia, Africa, and Europe. In fact, there was a fourth continent they divulged, one seen by Amerigo Vespucci.

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian merchant, and in his honor, the pair named the continent 'America' after him in 1507 while Germanic scholars worked from the mountains of eastern France.

The map they made was printed 1,000 times, an achievement in itself for the time. The map however was soon out of date because of the amount of exploration and updating of the time and therefore thrown away. One copy has survived the past 500 years.

 
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  Totally cool  
 
From the source:

The name America, for example, very probably represents not just a tip of the hat to Amerigo Vespucci but also a multilingual pun that can mean both "born new" and "no-place-land" - a playful coinage that seems to have inspired Sir Thomas More to invent his new world across the ocean, one meaning of which was also "no-place": Utopia.
 
  by: Ben_Reilly     10/28/2009 09:16 PM     
  Don´t take me wrong...  
 
I think that is an interesting story, but... Why is it posted here? In my point of view it´s not a news story, its History. The source speaks about the history of a map, but it´s not like it´s a long lost map that has been recovered or anything. So, what´s this doing here?
 
  by: dissaster   10/28/2009 11:46 PM     
  Well dissaster...  
 
One of the definitions of news, from the Merriam Webster dictionary is "previously unknown information".

I did not know everything in this news story, therefore it qualifies as news.

BB
 
  by: bbeljefe     10/29/2009 01:52 AM     
  We learn  
 
something new everyday!
 
  by: captainJane     10/29/2009 04:44 AM     
  @bb  
 
In Defense of Disaster, I too believe this wouldn´t be considered news. Sure, you learned something new, but the knowledge itself wasn´t anything new. If anything that is new to you could be considered news, then people could post random crap about any ol´ wild subject that we may or may not know anything about.
 
  by: TheAvenger8     10/29/2009 04:59 PM     
  @avenger  
 
My point is that just because the news doesn´t interest one person, it may very well interest the next.

I often read well written summaries that do not interest me in the least. I´ve found it´s quite easy and polite to simply move on to one that does.

BB
 
  by: bbeljefe     10/29/2009 08:14 PM     
  Two words a man fears hearing  
 
I´m Late!

About the if it is news vs any old thing slapped up here. There is the soft news section even though it isn´t as popular, ok most people don´t know why it´s there and what it means.

So even if it didn´t belong here, which I think Access did a great job and I don´t remember this in the American history class,which I think is just a tad important I passed the smell test and I think it is new and I learned something new.

I do understand why dissaster felt the way he did and give kudos to Avenger for speaking up for him/her, and you can think it isn´t news, I just found it to be so.
 
  by: TaraB     11/02/2009 10:01 AM     
 
 
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