Old World

  Old World
Map of the "Old World" (the 2nd century Ptolemy world map in a 15th-century copy)

The "Old World" is a term for Afro-Eurasia that originated in Europe c. 1596, after Europeans became aware of the existence of the Americas.[1] It is used to contrast the continents of Africa, Europe, and Asia, which were previously thought of by their inhabitants as comprising the entire world, with the "New World", a term for the newly encountered lands of the Western Hemisphere, particularly the Americas.[2]

  1. ^ "Old World". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
  2. ^ "New world". Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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