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December 12, 2007

Map Naming: 1507 Waldseemuller Map

Map1507.gifI have been following with interest the story of the 1507 Waldseemuller map, which will soon be on permanent display at the Library of Congress. This is the first map to use the name "America" and a reference of a vast ocean that would only later be discovered and named The Pacific.

Check out a wonderful book entitled "From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame" by Mark Monmonier, which not only tells us such interesting facts as why Hawaiian place names have inverted commas, how to achieve "toponymic immortality," or to get a place to be named after you.

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Posted by William Lozito at December 12, 2007 7:58 AM
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An excerpt from From Squaw Tit to Whorehouse Meadow: How Maps Name, Claim, and Inflame by Mark Monmonier is available on the University of Chicago Press website. Read the whole story of places like Whorehouse Meadow, Brassiere Hills, and the town of Dildo.

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