Waldseemüller’s Map: World 1507
The 1507 World Map by Martin Waldseemüller is one of the world’s most important maps. For the first time, this map labels America and shows the continent as a separate land mass. It is often referred to as America’s Birth Certificate. Students will investigate this map by looking closely at the details of each section of the map and then draw conclusions on the revelation of this new and unusual world to the people of 1507.
After completing this unit students will be able to:
- Analyze maps as primary sources.
- Locate identifiable land masses.
- Locate standard map features: equator, Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, longitude.
- Explain the historical significance and legacy of this map.
One class period
Recommended Grade Level
Geography & Maps
Early American Exploration
Three Worlds Meet, Beginnings to 1620
McREL 4th Edition Standards & Benchmarks
- Understands the characteristics and uses of maps, globes and other geographic tools
- Understands how geography is used to interpret the past
- Understands and knows how to analyze chronological relationships and patterns
- Understands the historical perspective
- Understands the characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450