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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Library of Congress Opens "Exploring the Early Americas" Exhibition

The Library of Congress has just opened an "Exploring the Early Americas" Exhibit in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, DC.

The exhibit "features selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress. It provides insight into indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and European explorers and settlers, and the pivotal changes caused by the meeting of the American and European worlds. The exhibition includes two extraordinary maps by Martin Waldseemüller created in 1507 and 1516, which depict a world enlarged by the presence of the Western Hemisphere."

The online version of the exhibition also features a general overview and a comparison between the two maps.