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“AMERICA,” in capital letters, appears on a part of the map showing what is now Brazil. The first map to depict a separate Western Hemisphere and a separate Pacific Ocean, it also included an inset of both North and South America, and a portrait of “Amerigi Vespucci,” whom Waldseemueller honored for being the first to identify the New World as a new land mass.

But since the US is the only one to have “America” in its official name, and it became the major power in the hemisphere, America got identified with one country rather than the two continents. The way of language, like it or not.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

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