•Early depiction of the New World•
-This very...discombobulated map of the New World, from 1546 by German Cartographer, Sebastian Münster, provides one of the earliest pieces of information on how Europeans viewed the New World. Just the term “New World” or as it is on the map “Die Nüw Welt,” gives insight on how they viewed the Americas when they first discovered it. It was a place where the imagination could finally come to life for the European explorers.
The strange things about the map, which we in the future view with a raised eyebrow, are the locations of countries and the commentaries on different lands. For example, look at Zipangri (Japan) on the West. Look how extremely close that is to the coast! Some really disturbing commentary is on the land which would be present day Brazil and Argentina, and it says “canibali” (Cannibals). The Europeans obviously viewed the practices that the Natives did as Barbaric.
It’s fascinating to actually view this. I found this in a book and could only stare at in awe. Right now, what are we mapping wrong? The solar system? Most likely. Will we be made fun of for it in the future? Most likely.
Info from: American Pageant book Chapter 1.
Picture from: American Pageant book.-