The Da Vinci Globe, dated 1504, the oldest known globe to show the New World.

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Dated to the early 1500s, the globe was likely crafted in Florence, Italy, from the lower halves of two ostrich eggs. It is engraved with then-new and vague details about the Americas garnered from European explorers like Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. It is also decorated with monsters, intertwining waves and even a shipwrecked sailor. He determined that the grapefruit-sized globe was made around 1504 and was likely used to cast the famous copper Lenox globe housed at the New York Public Library, which, until now, had been thought to be the oldest globe to show the Americas, dated to 1510. Of the 71 names on the ostrich egg globe, just seven lie in the Western Hemisphere. North America, which is represented as a group of scattered islands, is totally unlabeled and the globe includes one sentence: "HIC SVNT DRACONES," or "Here are the Dragons," according to the Washington Map Society. The only three names shown in South America are Mundus Novus ("New World"), Terra de Brazil, and Terra Sanctae Crucis ("Land of the Holy Cross"). Though the maker of the globe remains unknown, researches suspects the globe may be linked to the workshop of Leonardo da Vinci.

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  1. That Could be History altering,
    as well; fascinating.

  2. It is time Americans will stop calling Leonardo "Da Vinci". This is NOT his name, this is where he came from. Calling him "Da Vinci" is like calling Prince Charles Mr. "Of Wales". At Leonardo's time there were no family names. So whoever writes a book "The Da Vinci Code", knows nothing about the time of Leonardo.

    1. Family names long pre-date the 1500s, and came from three basic sources: Patrynomics, descriptive (including occupation), and locative. The former is why forms like Ericson are common, the middle Smith, and the last Waters.

      While da Vinci is not an inherited family name, it is a locative byname, and is reasonable to use as it is a unique enough identifier. Leonardo of (from) Vinci. It is also included in his full, formal name, which combines a patrynomic as well: Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci.