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The Discovery of America Vol. 1

with some account of Ancient America and the Spanish Conquest

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Author: John Fiske
Published: 1891
Language: English
Wordcount: 156,358 / 486 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 59.9
LoC Categories: , PS
Downloads: 912
Added to site: 2008.11.14
mnybks.net#: 22628
Genre: History
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general argument of Varnhagen is in many points strongly reinforced. The evidence here set forth in connection with the Cantino map is especially significant.

It is interesting on many accounts to see the first voyage of Vespucius thus elucidated, though it had no connection with the application of his name by Waldseemüller to an entirely different region from any that was visited upon that voyage. The real significance of the third voyage of Vespucius, in connection with the naming of America, is now set forth, I believe, for the first time in the light thrown upon the subject by the opinions of Ptolemy and Mela. Neither Humboldt nor Major nor Harrisse nor Varnhagen seems to have had a firm grasp of what was in Waldseemüller's mind when he wrote the passage photographed below in vol. ii. p. 136 of this work. It is only when we keep the Greek and Roman theories in the foreground and unflinchingly bar out that intrusive modern atlas, that we realize what the Freiburg geographer meant and why

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