When America showed up on a map

Waldseemuller Map 1507

via A world redrawn: When America showed up on a map, it was the universe that got transformed – The Boston Globe.

When he published his theory, in “On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” (1543), Copernicus provided a wealth of data on the movements of celestial bodies in support of his case. But what’s often overlooked is that he began his argument from the ground up, by focusing not on the heavens but the earth. In particular, he began with a geographical revelation, prompted by something he had recently come across on a new map.

The Waldseemüller map of 1507 gave America it’s name, and inspired Copernicus to rethink Aristotle’s theory of the cosmic spheres.

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