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Transcript of Amerigo Vespucci
financer, navigator, and cartographer who
first suggested that Brazil and the West
Indies were not Asia's Eastern outskirts
but rather a new continent called, "America", named after Vespucci's first name. Vespucci was born and raised in Florence, Italy. He was born to a Florentine notary (or a shorthand writer) and Lisabetta Mini. He was born on March 9, 1454. Accepted invitation from Portugal King to be an observer for his first and third voyages. (although he is believed to have a fourth voyage, modern scholars believe this to be untrue) Vespucci was hired as a merchantile
clerk at age 18. When he was let go,
he became a provision contractor for
the Indies explorations.
First and third voyages: explored Africa, discovered the mouth of the Amazon river, and the Trinidad and Orinoco rivers.
Third voyage: explored Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, and Patagonia. Vespucci explored on ships, the San Antiago, Repertaga, Wegiz, and the Girmand. After Vespucci's voyages, he wrote a letter to his friend
saying that the land they explored was large, but didn't look like Asia, as described by Marco Polo. He believed this to be the "New World". Vespucci died on February 22, 1512
at age 58, in Seville, Spain, of an unknown cause. Vespucci was most famous for being the first to suggest this land was not a part of Asia, but a new continent. Amerigo Vespucci drawing and statue His Voyages The Americas-Where Vespucci Explored and
where he discovered (not found) was not
a part of Asia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amerigo_Vespucci
www.history.com/amerigovespucci Bibliography Florence, Italy Accepted invitation from Spain's king, however, for his second voyage Vespucci found the Amazon river mouth and the Orinoco and Trinidad rivers. In 1507, Martin Waldseemiiller produced a world map on which he named the new continent, "America", in honor of Vespucci's