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Martin Waldesmüller was the first cartographer to identify America as a separate continent, and named it after Amerigo Vespucci. Published in 1507, his twelve-panel wall map, the Universalis Cosmographia, was also one of the first European maps to show latitude and longitude. Map by Martin Waldseemüller

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Martin Waldesmüller was the first cartographer to identify America as a separate continent, and named it after Amerigo Vespucci. Published in 1507, his twelve-panel wall map, the Universalis Cosmographia, was also one of the first European maps to show latitude and longitude. Map by Martin Waldseemüller