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It’s turtles all the way up…

If it can be stacked, piled, or otherwise placed one piece atop another, you’ll find it at MMMMound.

As we work against wobble, we might recall that it was on this date, in 1927 that Luigi Pirandello’s Sei Personaggi in Cerca d’Autore (Six Characters in Search of an Author) premiered…  430 years to the day after his countryman Amerigo Vespucci may have set sail the first time in search of the New World (1497)…  historians disagree on whether or not Vespucci actually made that voyage;  but they concur that he introduced the European public to the existence of a new land– via widely-circulated letters expressing his belief that the New World was in fact a New World: a new continent (contrary to the beliefs of Columbus and other early sailors West, who believed they were sailing to the far side of the East)… letters that led Martin Waldseemüller to name the new continent “America” on his world map of 1507…

Waldseemüller’s “Universalis Cosmographia,” 1507
the first map to use the name “America”

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May 10, 2009 at 1:01 am

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