By: Lacy Lozano
Who was Amerigo Vespucci?
Amerigo Vespucci is a Italian explorer. Amerigo was born March 9, 1454 in Florence Italy, and he died February 22,1512 in Seville Spain. He had 4 siblings Bernard Vespucci, Agnoletta Vespucci, Antonio Vespucci and Gerolamo Vespucci. His parents were Lisabetta Mini Vespucci and Antonio Vespucci, Amerigo also had an uncle who painted his family portrait. The Vespucci family were great friends of the Medici family. The Medici family were the rulers of Italy for more than 300 years.
Since Amerigo and his family were such good friends, Amerigo got to work with the Medici family as a banker at first then he got a job as a supervisor. Then in Vespucci's 40's he decided to leave his business and embark on a journey while he still could. He was also known as the guy to first demonstrate that Brazil and the West Indies did NOT represent Asia's eastern outskirts. (outskirts: outer part of the city)
What did Vespucci do that was so important?
AMERICA WAS NAMED AFTER AMERIGO VESPUCCI!!!
Amerigo, an Italian explorer decided to give up his business and embark on a journey in his 40's just to go on a journey.
Amerigo met Christopher Columbus in 1496, and Columbus was the one to inspire Amerigo to go on a journey. Amerigo left on the year 1499, 7 years after Columbus first landed on the West Indies. He made 3 voyages and on the first voyage he explored Northern Coast of South America. Then his second trip brought him down because he realized that the continent he was looking at wasn't India at all, it was a new continent, a new world.
He assured the fact by following the coast of South America within 400 miles of Tierra del Fuego. Columbus was the one who discovered the new world but Amerigo was the one who recognized it as the new world. This is how we have the name "AMERICA" as our state today.
How did you feel and know that Columbus inspired you to go on an adventure? Also,
What if you still worked with the Medici family and never had discovered America? These would be the questions I would like to ask him and I would love to hear what HE thinks and NOT what others think.