America got its name from a French town

The Waldseemüller map from 1507 is known as the first map to use the name “America”

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A small town in the Vosges, not far from Strasbourg, is famous for having given America its name. In 1507 a map was printed in Saint-Dié-des-Vosges which was the first one to include a fourth continent in addition to Europe, Asia and Africa. The name America is written on this new piece of land.

The map was the work of a German ...

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