“it proves there is a god in heaven, and that he will not slumber without end on the iniquities of tyrants, or would-be tyrants, as their Stadtholder. this ball of liberty, I believe most piously, is now so well in motion that it will roll round the globe, at least the enlightened part of it, for light & liberty go together. it is our glory that we first put it into motion, & our happiness that being foremost we had no bad examples to follow.” Thomas Jefferson letter to Tench Coxe June 1, 1795
The attached image is of the Waldseemuller map. It was constructed by Martin Waldseemuller, a German cartographer, in 1507. It is the first known map to ascribe the name “America” to the North American continent. The map was based upon Ptolemy’s projections of the Earth’s appearance. Consequently, the meridians are curved. It also contains information based upon the discoveries of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. The last remaining copy of the map can be found at the Library of Congress.
Please take a moment to consider Jefferson’s statement that enlightenment and liberty combine to create an unstoppable force. Education of others, about our history as well as our principles, is What IS Right With America.