Stamp commemorates man who named America

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18 April 2007, Freiburg, Germany (dpa) - Germany issued a stamp Tuesday commemorating the German cartographer, Martin Waldseemueller, who unwittingly gave the Americas the wrong name in a map he drew 500 years ago. Waldseemueller, unaware that Christopher Columbus was the first European sea-captain to reach the Americas, placed the landmass and its peoples on his map under a name inspired by Amerigo Vespucci (1471-1512), an Italian-born Spanish explorer. The postage stamp depicts 12 sectional maps in the s

18 April 2007

Freiburg, Germany (dpa) - Germany issued a stamp Tuesday commemorating the German cartographer, Martin Waldseemueller, who unwittingly gave the Americas the wrong name in a map he drew 500 years ago.

Waldseemueller, unaware that Christopher Columbus was the first European sea-captain to reach the Americas, placed the landmass and its peoples on his map under a name inspired by Amerigo Vespucci (1471-1512), an Italian-born Spanish explorer.

The postage stamp depicts 12 sectional maps in the style of the Waldseemueller wood-block-printed map of the world.

DPA

Subject: German news

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