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Christopher Columbus died on this day in 1506, still believing he had reached Asia.
This hand coloured wood cut engraving of the Western Hemisphere depicting North and South America is attributed to Sebastian Münster. The original state first appeared in Münster’s publication of Ptolemy’s Geographia in 1540 and is considered to be the first map to show the entire continents of North and South America. Click here to have a closer look at the map online in the State Library of New South Wales’ catalogue.