Amerigo Vespucci 1454-1512
to have discovered Central Brazil. Next thing you know, the area was named
America. In 1538, the geographer Mercator applied the
word America to the whole known western world.
The man Amerigo was
born in Florence, Italy.
Amerigo Vespucci's father was
Amerigo Vespucci's uncle,
Antonio, took wee Amerigo under his wing.
The girl of Amerigo's dreams was
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Amerigo & Chris
Columbus was just three years older than Amerigo Vespucci.
And, you guessed it, they met.
Here is the map of Amerigo Vespucci's trips:
ROUTES OF VESPUCCI
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Amerigo Vespucci's famous voyage in 1501 / 1502 became quite the eye-opener
for the map industry. How come? The newly discovered lands were not a part of Asia or anything ever
known before, but an entirely
new continent, a New World.
Big eyes there and double shifts in
the map drawing industry.
Waldseemüller put a map together and suggested the name
for today's South America. That map, by the way, was
recently purchased by the US Library of Congress for the round
sum of $10 million.
The same sum was
paid for Southern Arizona and New Mexico,
For the Discovery of North America, check this map
1794 Discovery of North America