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Visitors View the World Map of Martin Walkdseemuller at "The Naming of America", by Unknown, 1983, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, SIA2011-1491 and 83-14838 #19.

October 25, 1983

The Naming of America opens at the National Museum of American History. The exhibition displays the world map of Martin Waldseemuller, thought to be the first map on which the name "America" was used.More

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