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Birth Certificate of America?

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on Wednesday, 04 July 2012
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waldseemuller mapTeachable Moment: This >500 year old image raises the age old question of credit in discovery: what does it mean to be the first person to document what others know.  The high resolution image can also be printed and cut out as a lesson in how to project a sphere onto a flat surface.

In 1507, German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller made the first known maps naming America.  In 2007 Germany gifted one of the known versions of this map to the Libray of Congress calling it the "Birth Certificate of America."  Recently, another copy was discovered and was "released" by the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU) München on the Internet on July 4, 2012.  Here's a link to the high resolution PDF: http://epub.ub.uni-muenchen.de/13138/1/Cim._107-2.pdf

For the press release and more pictures go here: http://www.en.uni-muenchen.de/news/newsarchiv/2012/spotlight/tdw_ub_fund.html

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