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Rare 400-year-old map goes on display in DC


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A centuries-old map that's been dubbed the "Impossible Black Tulip" because it's been so hard to track down will be on display at the Library Of Congress starting this month.

The map, created in 1602 by a Jesuit missionary from Italy, shows China at its center and was the first in Chinese to show the Americas.

Last year, the James Ford Bell Trust purchased the map for $1 million from a rare book seller in London, who acquired the map from a collector in Japan.

The map goes on display Tuesday for three months and will eventually be housed at the University of Minnesota.

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