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Title: NIST To Preserve 1507 Map: America's 'Birth Certificate'
Description: This sheet (bottom) from the lower left corner of the 12 that make up the Library of Congress Waldseemüller map marks the first time the word "America" was used for the newly discovered lands. The full map also shows the outline of North and South America, as well as the Isthmus of Panama, and was the first to depict clearly a separate Western Hemisphere, with the Pacific as a separate ocean.

*MEL, map, america
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Type: Photo/Color
Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Credit: Library of Congress
AV Number: 06MEL004
Date Created: December 21, 2006
Date Entered: 12/21/2006

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