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America: A Land Beyond the Stars

On Friday, October 7, 2016 the website "A Land Beyond the Stars" will be world previewed at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. as part of the cartography conference to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Waldseemüller's Carta Marina. The website has been created by the Museo Galileo in collaboration with the Library of Congress, thanks to the generous support of the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze.

The website is the outcome of an in-depth research on the 1507 Universalis Cosmographia by Waldseemüller, the oldest map of the world to display the name "America", coined in honor of Florentine navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The Museo Galileo has designed this innovative website to share the countless fascinating stories embedded in Waldseemüller's Cosmographia with a wider public and to make the map's wealth of historical, technical, scientific, and geographic data accessible to everybody.

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