Artist: Martin Waldseemüller among others.
Print: Offset lithography
Dimensions: 18.9 x 25.2 in (48 x 64 cm)
Condition: Overall good condition - handling sings and partially wear on the edges which can be covered by a frame. Please see pictures.
Dissemination: Very rare
In 1992 it was the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus (1492-1992) and thus the theme was organized to celebrate was "The Age of Discovery". Many countries has its own pavilion (national contribution to the fair) and the German advertisement for its pavilion stats that the name "America" comes from the German city of Freiburg.
Now, the name "America" descends from the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) and his has nothing to do with the city of Freiburg or Germany. The name "America" (or Amerika) was simply used as the name for a very famous world map (which is displayed on this poster) published in 1507 made by Martin Waldseemüller. The map is know as The Waldseemüller map or Universalis Cosmographia. Waldseemüller was a cartographer from Freiburg and this is why the Europeans adopted "America" as the name for the newly discovered continent.
You see Waldseemüller wrongly believed it was Amerigo Vespucci who discovered the continent and not Columbus (I refrain from mention any vikings). Anyhow, attempts to name the correct (what the posters states to be) the error and name the continent "Brasilia" of even "The land of parrots" resulted in vain. "America" was on everyone's lips and therefore the Fribourg cartographer contributed to the birth of a mistake and gave name to a continent.
All in all a great poster containing a very important world map along with a fantastic contribution the history - written in Spanish and German on the poster.
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