Amerigo Vespucci

Italian explorer, Financier, Navigator, and Cartoagrapher

Explorer Background

Amerigo Vespucci was born on May 9, 1451. His parents, Nastagio Vespucci and Lisabetta Vespucci, were very good friends with the Medici. Vespucci's father was a notary in Florence. Vespucci's Brothers went to University of Piza in Tuscany While he was at home with his parents. Vespucci's first job was being a banker for the Medicis

When Amerigo Vespucci was in his 20's he went to start to work for his uncle Guido Antonio Vespucci to start one of the many jobs to come. One of his jobs was a mission to Paris. After this mission to Paris, Vespucci wanted to more missions/trips. Vespucci became a naturalized citizen of Spain in 1505. When he moved he started to help make ships and help people get started with their voyages.


Amerigo Vespucci went on a lot of voyages after going on that mission to Paris that his uncle sent him. He went on one in 1499,1501,1502, and 1508. Vespucci wrote to Christopher Columbus him things that he found or saw about the new lands.

Amerigo Vespucci was very important to us now because the Americas was named after Amerigo Vespucci. He told everyone that he found a new continent. The world was also listening to hear who would would win, Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci, to who would find the new world first.In his lifetime Vespucci had to make new map or the new found lands.Amerigo Vespucci Died on February 22, 1512 of malaria

Amerigo Vespucci

Impact on Today

Amerigo Vespucci had a very big impact on today. In fact he is what America is named after. He also links to today because he led a series of expeditions to the Americas helping find what is now North America, and South America. The last big impact he had on the world is that he proved that the Americas were not Asia and that links to today because if it wasn't known that the America's was a new continent then there would be major trouble in the future trying to trade with Asia going west.