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America vs. Christophica. (Geography).

"United States of Christophica" doesn't conjure images of amber waves of grain. But the U.S.C. could exist today if a German mapmaker had named the New World after Christopher Columbus instead of rival Amerigo Vespucci.

The U.S. Library of Congress recently acquired from a German prince the first map with the "America" label, created in 1507. Experts say it was Columbus's own stubborn fault that the mapmaker favored Vespucci, an Italian who sailed to what is now South America five years after Columbus landed in the Bahamas in 1492. Columbus went to his death in 1506 still thinking he had circled the globe to the fringe of Asia. Vespucci, on the other hand, said he had not hit Asia, but "what we may rightly call a New World."
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Publication:New York Times Upfront
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 15, 2001
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