From who, America was named after
Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9 1454 in Florence Italy. In his early 20's he became the ambassador of Florence. He was sent to Paris and that is what started his passion to travel.
How America Got Its Name
Amazing Unknown Facts
- The word America wasn't used in maps until 1507 when a new world map was created
- Nicknamed "Pickle Dealer"
- Named what is now America, Americus but other people disagreed because all the other continents have female names so they changed it to America which is latin of Amerigo
- Died at age 58
The route Amerigo Vespucci took during his 2 main voyages
It is believed that Amerigo Vespucci did more than 2 voyages to other parts of South and North America.
Amerigo Vespucci traveled to the top and tip of South America. He also went to some outer islands which people didn't know about.
In 1505, Amerigo became a Spanish citizen and became the Pilot Major of Spain. On February 22, 1512, he contracted Malaria and died. Amerigo is buried in Florence, Italy (where he was born).