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This was an early version of the myth of American abundance. The other legend, ``a way to the Orient,'' originated in the French-sponsored voyage of Giovanni da Verrazzano along the Atlantic coast in 1524 and the cartographic tradition that arose from it. Wroth (1970) showed that this geographical misconception mixed the fact of the sounds behind the Outer Banks and a wish that the Pacific Ocean come close to the Atlantic Ocean at some point in North America (thereby facilitating the voyage to Asia) to give North America an isthmus at about 35 degrees North.
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