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Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies

Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies
Creator: Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552
Date: Between A.D. 1552 and A.D. 1568
Hand-tinted woodcut map of the New World. The map's text is in Latin, except for a French title that translates as, "Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies." This map was the first to depict North and South America as separate from the rest of the world's land masses yet connected to each other by land. North America is labeled "Terra florida." Forests and mountains are indicated on the continents, and cannibals are depicted as living in present-day Brazil. All land masses and oceans are presented out of proper perspective. This map appeared in a French edition of the book Cosmographia by the German cartographer Sebastian Münster. The book was widely read, with about forty editions printed during the century following its first appearance in 1544.


Vernon W. Jackson

Vernon W. Jackson
Date: Between 1941 and 1945
This is a photograph of Vernon W. Jackson with three friends riding camels in Africa during World War II. Vernon was raised by his aunt Victoria Murdoch-Hightower in Wichita, Kansas. Jackson was a member of the 549th Quartermaster Laundry Company during World War II.


Yanks Land in French Africa

Yanks Land in French Africa
Date: November 08, 1942
This front page of the Topeka Daily Capital features a number of articles related to U.S. forces landing in French Africa during World War II.


Zulu necklace

Zulu necklace
Date: between 1921 and 1936
This necklace is called "Kay of the Heart." Beads like these were often worn by Zulu men and women as decoration and functioned as a form of communication. These particular necklaces were common gifts from a young girl to a favored lover. Margaret Walbridge, a Congregational missionary and the principle of Inanda Seminary (a boarding school for Zulu girls), collected this item during her time in South Africa in the 1920s and 30s. Originally from Russell, Kansas, Walbridge traveled extensively and used these beads in presentations meant to increase support for the seminary.


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