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Martin Waldseemüller & the Map that Named "America"

German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller made history by carving the name "America" into wood blocks for two maps he created to illustrate new discoveries in the western Atlantic. This online component of the James Ford Bell Library's exhibition lets you explore Waldseemüller's life, works, and legacy, and understand his maps in the context of the world he lived in.


Working under the guidance of Dr. Marguerite Ragnow, curator of the James Ford Bell Library, this online exhibit was created by Bell Library intern Irene Hamlin. It was based off an older exhibit in Map and Mapmakers created by former Bell Library Curator Dr. Carol Urness. University of Minnesota, May 2014