Amerigo Vespucci

America's Namesake

Amerigo's Background

He was born on March 9, 1454, Florence, Italy. He died on February 22, 1512, Seville, Spain because of malaria. He was married to Maria Cerezo. His Siblings were Antonio Vespucci, Gerolamo Vespucci, Agnoletta Vespucci,Bernardo Vespucci. A book that he wrote was called The letter of Amerigo Vespucci describing his four voyages to the new world, from 1497-1504. His Parents were Lisabetta Mini Vespucci, Nastagio Vespucci. His Occupation was Explorer and Navigator. He was nicknamed the "Pickle Dealer". He was also named America’s namesake. He had a very good education. He was taught physics, geometry and astronomy.

Amerigo's Achievements and Discoveries

He had America is named after him. He discovered present-day Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata on a continent he called South America. He also theorized that America was a separate continent and not part of Asia which is true.

Amerigo's Impact on the world

Amerigo Vespucci proved that the new world was not Asia and that it was actually a fourth unknown continent. This helped people in the future start trade routes to the west and also expanded what was traded. Finding the new world led people to find new and unknown spices, rocks, gems, and things like coffee, chocolate, and tomatoes. As the new world was found that led to new civilizations to be made. Those civilization included the U.S.A., Canada, and any other country in the Americas.

Extras

Amerigo had four ships and they Were named The San Antiago, Repertaga, Wegiz, and the Girmand.

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