Amerigo Vespucci

Italian Explorer 1451-1512


Vespucci was born on March 9th,1451 in Florence, Italy. He was born in a wealthy family and was a banker before he explored. In 1499, he set off to the Americas for Spain to find out about the ¨India¨ Columbus vouched for. His voyage proved Columbus wrong about the land he found. It had him find Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata. Vespucci then died in 1512.


Vespucciś voyages proved one of the most famous explorers wrong about where he landed. In return the New World was named after him. He guessed the size of the world, mapped out his voyages, discovered now populated city. He may have been logical and fame-hungry, but his feats now live in honor in America.

Report By Katie Johnson


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