A Study Of The Known World And Its Place On The Cosmos Essay

710 Words Sep 11th, 2015 3 Pages
Cosmography is the study of the known world and its place in the cosmos. This study played a significant role in our understanding of how the New World was discovered. In 1506, two men by the names of Matthias Ringmann and Martin Waldseemüller, collaborated together on a magnificent map that depicted something no one had ever seen before. Through the descriptive letters from a Florentine merchant, Amerigo Vespucci, Ringmann and Waldseemüller were able to formulate a textbook titled, Introduction to Cosmography, as well as create a massive map, which revealed a missing piece of the known world. These works were largely known to be extinct, yet one was discovered in the later half of the 19th century. The most significant information revealed from this new found text was that there existed knowledge of a new land mass to the East, that was completely surrounded on all sides by ocean, well before the discoveries made by Vasco Nunez de Balboa in 1513 and Magellan in 1520. Although, many libraries claim Martin Waldseemüller to be the author of the Introduction to Cosmography, there are arguments that insist Matthias Ringmann to be the true author and the sole reason America was named after Amerigo Vespucci. Mainly, the arguments highlight the similarities between the writing habits of Ringmann and the text found in the Introduction to Cosmography. Ancient Greek can be found throughout the text, which can be linked to Ringmann’s extensive knowledge of ancient Greek.…

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