500-year-old map known as 'America's birth certificate' discovered

Editors' Picks

  • Hazard wins England's PFA player of the year award

    Hazard wins England's PFA player of the year award

    Hazard wins England's PFA player of the year award

    By Ken Ferris LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard won England's PFA player of the year award ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Sunday. England striker Kane, 21, was voted young player of the year at the Professional Footballers' Association awards dinner with Hazard, 24, second and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, 22, third. …

  • We were out-fought by Everton, says Van Gaal

    We were out-fought by Everton, says Van Gaal

    We were out-fought by Everton, says Van Gaal

    Louis van Gaal accused his Manchester United players of being out-fought in a 3-0 defeat at Everton on Sunday that left the Premier League top-four door slightly ajar for Liverpool. Victory at Goodison Park would have all but guaranteed a return to the Champions League for United after this season's absence from Europe but they were picked off by a clinical Everton side despite hogging possession. A breakaway goal after five minutes by James McCarthy put Everton ahead and they doubled their …

  • Everton vs Manchester United – Player Ratings

    Everton vs Manchester United – Player Ratings

    Everton vs Manchester United – Player Ratings

    Analyzing player performance's from Everton's convincing win over Manchester United …

  • Man City's spirit and belief is back, says Pellegrini

    Man City's spirit and belief is back, says Pellegrini

    Man City's spirit and belief is back, says Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini hailed his team's spirit and belief after Saturday's 3-2 win over Aston Villa and said those qualities had been lacking in recent Premier League games. The champions let slip a two-goal lead, given them by Sergio Aguero and Aleksandar Kolarov, as Villa pegged the hosts back with second-half strikes from Tom Cleverley and Carlos Sanchez. Fernandinho then stabbed home the winner in the 89th minute to save City's blushes and help them leapfrog Arsenal …

  • Leicester keep up Houdini-style escape, Man City win

    Leicester keep up Houdini-style escape, Man City win

    Leicester keep up Houdini-style escape, Man City win

    By Sam Holden LONDON (Reuters) - Leicester City continued to do their best Houdini impression on Saturday as they escaped the Premier League drop zone for the first time since November while Manchester City went up to second spot with a thrilling win. A battling 1-0 triumph at bottom club Burnley gave Leicester their fourth consecutive league victory and lifted Nigel Pearson's side into 17th position, one point above the bottom three. Burnley's Matt Taylor slammed a 59th-minute penalty …

  • Hernandez’s patience an example for others, says Ancelotti

    Hernandez’s patience an example for others, says Ancelotti

    Hernandez’s patience an example for others, says Ancelotti

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA (Reuters) - Javier Hernandez will be an important player for Real Madrid in the remaining games of the season after scoring the goal that secured a Champions League semi-final slot, coach Carlo Ancelotti has said. The Mexican was a forgotten man only a few weeks ago at the Bernabeu but his late Champions League goal against Atletico Madrid in Wednesday's quarter-final second leg triggered calls for his loan deal from Manchester United to be made permanent. It may have …

London, July 5 (ANI): A 500-year-old map, known as 'America's birth certificate' has been accidentally found wedged inside a totally unrelated 19th century book in Germany.

The 38 centimetre by 27.5-centimetre sheet is one of only five known copies of the map by master cartographer Martin Waldseemueller and can be folded to resemble a globe.

The map, which shows America marked for the first time, was only believed to have four copies, but staff at Munich's Ludwig Maximilian University made the unexpected find on Tuesday, just in time for America's Independence Day.

"We've made a sensational find," the Daily Mail quoted Klaus Rainer Brintzinger, director of the Munich University Library, as saying.

Sven Kuttner, head of old books at the university, said, that they had no signs for a further map like that.

"It seems to be a second edition and this is a unique map. Until now, we have no signs for a further map like this," he said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave a similar but much larger map to the United States in 2007 to mark the 500th anniversary of the naming of America.

That map is kept in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.

The newly discovered map is smaller than the version which is held in the U.S. capital and dates from 1507 and is divided into 12 segments which taper to a point at each end, which when folded together form a small globe.

However, the groundbreaking map is also politcal as it is the first to name America in honour of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci and not Christopher Colombus.

Waldseemueller believed Vespucci, rather than Columbus was the first European to discover America and named the continent after him. (ANI)