Thumbnail image of The naming of America. The naming of America. In Martin Waldseemüller. Cosmographiae introductio. St. Dié, 1507. This extremely rare work contains the first suggestion that the area of Columbus's discovery be named "America" in honor of Amerigo Vespucci, who recognized that a "New World," the so-called fourth part of the world, had been reached through Columbus's voyage. Before that time, there was no name that collectively identified the Western Hemisphere. The earlier Spanish explorers referred to the area as the Indies believing, as did Columbus, that it was a part of eastern Asia. (Thacher Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division)


The naming of America. In Martin Waldseemuller. Cosmographiae introductio. St. Dié, 1507. Este extremadamente raro trabajo, que contiene la primera referencia al lugar descubierto por Colón con el nombre de "América" en honor de Amerigo Vespucci, quien la reconociera como el "Nuevo Mundo", la llamada cuarta parte del mundo, ha sido realizado después de los viajes de Colón. Anteriormente, no existía un nombre que colectivamente identificara al Hemisferio Occidental. Los primeros exploradores españoles se referían a estas tierras como las Indias creyendo, como Colón, que eran parte de Asia oriental. (Thacher Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division)


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