Waldseemüller's Map Analysis

analytical Essay
778 words
778 words

With the world starting to become globalized, this began a period known as the Age of Exploration. The Age of Exploration began in the early fifteenth century with the goals of finding new people to trade with, new commodities and new trading routes to Asia. Explorer Christopher Columbus was the first to sail west to find a trade route to Asia but instead found the New World. More explorers like Amerigo Vespucci, traveled west to witness the New World and the information these explorers brought back with them led to the creation of the first known map to use the word America in reference to the New World, created by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1507. Waldseemüller was the first to create a map of the New World, but little did he know that his map is not precisely correct. By looking at Waldseemüller’s map, I can tell that European knowledge of the world in the early sixteenth century was very limited and not very accurate. Waldseemüller created his map based off the information from Ptolemy’s map and the information he gained from explorers about the New World, but the …show more content…

The continent of Europe, he got correct because it was the area he had the most information and knowledge on and being from and living in Europe, he can witness the land for himself which allows him to accurately outline the continent on his map. The continent of Africa was accurately portrayed on his map because Africa was extensively explored during the beginning of the Age of Exploration by Portuguese explorers like Bartolomeu Dias, who sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa. With numerous explorers probing Europe and Africa, it gave Waldseemüller enough geographic information to outline both continents correctly. Waldseemüller was also correct in predicting a new ocean by showing the continent of South America separated from Asia which shows that it’s the Pacific

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the age of exploration began in the early fifteenth century with the goals of finding new people to trade with, new commodities, and new trading routes to asia.
  • Explains that waldseemüller's map was based off ptolemy’s and explorers’ information about the new world. there wasn't any concrete knowledge of the world during this time.
  • Explains that waldseemüller's knowledge of the entire world was limited, but he still got parts of his map right. the continent of europe was accurately portrayed because africa was extensively explored by portuguese explorers.
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