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Looked At! Map of America with depictions of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan and Pizarro

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Just over 500 years ago, Spanish seafarers discovered the Americas and with it a world unknown to Europeans. In the latest episode of our video series Hingeschaut! we take a closer look at a world map from 1566 - sea monsters, out-of-place continents and the who's who of the seafarers of the time are included. What you don't see on the map: The discovery of the "new world" went hand in hand with colonization and its disastrous consequences for the local population.

Image: Johann Theodor de Bry: Map of America with depictions of Columbus, Vespucci, Magellan and Pizarro, 1566 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Knud Petersen