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A full-size facsimile of Martin Waldseemueller's 1507 world map is shown at the Library of Congress in Washington. Americans can get a first look today at the document that gave the name "America" to the continent 496 years ago: the Waldseemueller map. The Library of Congress recently completed the purchase from Prince Johannes Waldburg-Wolfegg, at whose castle in southwestern Germany the map was discovered a century ago. The map, divided into 12 panels covering a total of 36 square feet, is the only known copy of the 1,000 editions that were printed.

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