Amerigo Vespucci

By:Joselyn R

About Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was born March 9, 1454. He died in Febuary 22, 1512. He died of malaria in Sevilie, Spain. He was just a month shy of 58 years old. His nationality is Italian. His siblings are Bernardo Vespucci, Agnoletta Vespucci, Antonio Vespucci, and Gerolamo Vespucci. His parents are Lisabetta Mini Vespucci and Nastagio Vespucci.

What kind of explorer was Amerigo Vespucci?

He was an Italian-born merchant and explorer who took part in early voyages to the New World on behalf of Spain around the late 15th century. By that time, the vikings had established settlements in present-day North America islands, yet it's Vespucci's name that prevailed. In 1507, using these letters as his guide, a German cartographer created a new map, naming the territory now known as South America in Vespucci's honor. For the first time, the word ''America'' was in print.

Voyages

Voyages

The voyages completed by Vespucci between May 1499 and June 1500 as navigator of an expedition of four ships sent from Spain under the command of Alonso de Ojeda is certainly authentic.

How did Amerigo die?

On February 22,1512, Amerigo Vespucci died of malaria in Seville, Spain. He was just a month shy of 58 years old.

What did Amerigo sail for?

Amerigo Vespucci sailed for South America Christopher Columbus is the one who financed his voyages.

Did Amerigo write the letter?

According to a letter that Vespucci might or might not have truly written, on May 10,1497, he embarked on his first journey, departing from Cadiz with a fleet of Spanish ships. The controversial letter indicates that the ships sailed through the West Indies and made their way to the mainland of Central America within approximately five weeks. If the letter is authentic, this would mean that Vespucci discovered Venezuela a year before Christopher Columbus did. Vespucci and his fleets arrived back in Cadiz in October 1498.