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The only known surviving copy of Martin Waldseemüller's 1507 world wall map was purchased, in 2003, by the Library of Congress for $10 million. In 2005, this treasured map was inscribed in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register, and is the first document in the United States to be so honored. In 2007, the House of Representatives honored it in a resolution to celebrate the quincentenary of the name.

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