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Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci Amerigo Vespucci was born on 9th March 1454 in Florence, Italy. He was an Italian explorer, cartographer and navigator.

Biography and Career:

Amerigo Vespucci was born and brought in Florence, Italy. He was brought by his uncle. He worked for Lorenzo de' Medici and his son, Giovanni. He worked at the agency of Medici bank in Seville, Spain in 1942.

By the invitation of King Manuel I of Portugal, he took part as observer in several expeditions that discovered the east coast of South America between 1499 and 1502. In 1500 the King's commander, Pedro Alvares Cabral, on his way to the Cape of Good Hope and India, revealed Brazil at latitude 16┬░52'S. Portugal claimed this land by the Treaty of Tordesillas, and the King wished to know whether it was merely an island or part of the continent Spanish explorers had stumbled upon farther north.

The journey became widely known in Europe after two accounts official to Vespucci were published between 1502 and 1504. Martin Waldseemi╝ller produced a world map on which he named the new continent America after Vespucci's first name, Amerigo in 1507. In an additional book, Waldseemi╝ller published one of the Vespucci accounts, which led to criticism that Vespucci was trying to distress Christopher Columbus' fame.

He sailed again to Brazil in the Portuguese service in 1503. But unfortunately the voyage failed to make new discoveries. The Portuguese commander's ship vanished after the convoy broke and Amerigo could go only a little ahead of Bahia before he could go back to Lisbon in 1504.

General appearance:

Birth name: Amerigo Vespucci
Nationality: Italian, Florentine
Other names: Americo Vespucio [es], Americus Vespucius [la], Alberigo Vespucci
Occupation: Merchant, Explorer, Cartographer
Known for: Demonstrating that the New World was not Asia but a previously-unknown fourth continent.
He was born on 9th March 1454 in Florence, Italy. He died on 22nd February 1512 in Seville, Spain

Why is Amerigo Vespucci Famous?

He is famous because it is said that the continent of America is prevalently believed to have been derived its name from his first name.

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Date Added: 13 November '09

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