Happy “Sink-o,” America!! Or, as I like to call it, “Drinko de Mayo!” The only day of the year that most non-Mexis think being Mexican is cool, because… tequila.. and that Dos XX dude (who’s really a white guy playing a Mexi).
But, I ain’t hating; get yer drink on – if that’s your prerogative.
This post is for two reasons:
- I’ll be posting a new research essay soon — either here or on mexikaresistance.org — that deals with the name of “America.”
- In the meantime, join me in ‘celebrating’ the 508th anniversary of the naming of the Western Hemisphere.
- On April 25, 1507, Martin Waldseemüller and Matthias Ringmann published the first printed usage of the word “America” in a small booklet called Cosmographiae Introductio, which was later followed by the first map to bear the name, Universalis Cosmographia.
In 1507, the Julian calendar was still used in Europe. It was based on the “Tropical calendar,” and was off by as much as ten days in the sixteenth-century. To correct and compensate, the Gregorian calendar was devised in 1582, and it’s the one we still use today. If you account for the ten day offset, the actual publication date of the Cosmographiae Introductio was actually on May 5, 1507.
Just thought I’d do this quick PSA in lieu of my next piece.
Image sources: 1. Charles, Heinrich. The Romance of the Name America. New York: The St. Dié Press, 1909, pg. 3. http://hdl.handle.net/2027/njp.32101065096578. 2. Morse, Stephen P. “Converting between Julian and Gregorian Calendar in One Step.” One-Step Webpages, 2011. http://www.stevemorse.org/jcal/julian.html.