Amerigo Vespucci

The namer of our country

Background Information on Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9th, 1451 in Ognissanti, Florence, though he was Italian. Amerigo was the third son of Ser Nastagio, a notary of Florence. Vespucci was well educated and had been taught physics, geometry, and astronomy. From 1478-1480 Amerigo was a part of the embassy in Paris, working for his relative Guido Antonio Vespucci, An ambassador of Florence to King Louis XI of France. In 1483 Amerigo had become a steward in the house of Lorenzo de Medici. from 1491-1492 As he worked in Seville, Spain for the de Medici family where he Learned about hte voyages of exploration and the men who were searching for a North-west passage to the indies.

Amerigo Vespucci's Achievements/Discoveries

In 1497 he was given permission to go on the voyage of discovery by King Ferdinnd of Spain. May 10 1497 Amerigo Vespucci set sail for his first voyage. May 16 1499 Vespucci's second voyage with Alonzo de Ojeda was set sail for Cape Verde. They went along the equator and explored the coast of Guianan and Brazil. On this particular voyage they discovered the River Amazon. June 10, 1503 Vespucci's Fourth Voyage setting sail with Gonzsl Coelho when he set sail for Cape Verde and South America. When they were coming back however they discovered Bahia and The Island of South georgia, He created a trading agency for Brazil wood and Cape Frio- it was exactly on the Tropic of Capricorn.

How the Americas Got Their Name/Amerigo Vespucci's Impact on our world

Amerigo Vespucci was exploring the great land that Columbus had discovered and was given credit because maps had started to call this land Americus after Amerigo Vespucci, that was after they latinized Amerigo Vespucci's name. Then like all other continents and ships they were all female so it was decided they would feminize the name Americus to America. And America is not only the name of our country but two continents as well, North and South America.
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