Bernhard Varenius (1622-1650) was a German geographer, who in spite of an early death, managed to have a number of works published, the best known of which was Geographia Generalis. Like many others at this period Varenius considered the possibility of America as Atlantis[p.333-335]. Cotton Mather noted that Varenius considered the northern part of America to have been joined to Ireland until separated by earthquakes!
Cotton Mather (1663-1728) was a Puritan minister who played a leading role in the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692.>What is not generally known, is that Mather played a part in the development of innoculation as a means of fighting infections (a).<
While the name ‘America’ is generally accepted to be derived from Amerigo Vespucci, the title ‘Americans’ used to describe the citizens of the United States, is sometimes attributed to the prolific Cotton Mather.
In 1721, Mather published The Christian Philosopher, which has been described as the first comprehensive book on science to be written by an American. In it he wrote “I know not what we shall think of the huge Atlantis, mentioned by Plato, now at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean.”[1415.109]
>(a) National Geographic, August 2020, p.48<