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The Contarini-Rosselli map of 1506 is stored in the British Library. The Contarini-Rosselli map of 1506 is the first printed world map showing the New World. The reason why this map is so important is because there had been many discoveries in the preceding years. Dias rounded Africa in 1487. John Cabot from Bristol discovered Newfoundland in 1497. Vasco da Gama traveled to India in 1499. Of course, there were the famous discoveries of the Caribbean and South America by Columbus during his trips in 1492-93, 1493-94, 1498, 1502-04. And there were the visits to the Caribbean and South America by Vespucci in 1499 and 1501-02.

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