Columbus thought he had discovered a passage to the orient and so the maps of the day showed his discoveries as islands. It would be the voyage of Vespucci sailing down the eastern side of South America that would cause so much interest. The map makers labeled the land we know as Brazil with the name “Mundus Novus” or “New World”. With the refinements of charts and maps the New World took on the name “America”.
Below are some of the maps I wanted to share with you. To truly experience the Mercator globe, go to Harvard University web site
A list of voyages that made of difference to the view of the world made for the crowns of Spain and Portugal.