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Transcript of Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy, on March 9, 1451. He later became a citizen of Spain. He was very educated and worked for local bankers at a young age.
While he was in Spain, Amerigo began to work on ships. These events led up to his first voyage at sea.
He died of Malaria
in 1512 in Spain.
Out on Voyages
Amerigo took his first voyage as navigator in 1499. He sailed for Spain. He took his second voyage in 1501 for Portugal. Amerigo took four voyages in all. Amerigo explored the southern part of South America.
Amerigo is credited to be the first to discover that the "New World" was not part of Asia, as everyone at the time had thought.
Amerigo wrote two letters during his voyages to his friend in Europe. His letters went into great detail about his travels and everything that he saw. He wrote about the land, the directions he traveled, and great landmarks he saw. He also wrote about the people he saw, and their culture.
In 1507, a German cartographer created a new map of the "New World" using Vespucci's letters as his guide. He therefore named South America in Amerigo's honor. Later on, North America was also named after him.
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Pros and Cons
His discoveries positively impacted his reputation. He gained credit and fame for areas that most people agree were actually first discovered by Christopher Columbus. However, Columbus thought he'd found India. Amerigo was actually the one who realized that it was a new continent.
Amerigo made great improvements in navigational techniques. He predicted the earth's circumference within 50 miles. Amerigo was also awarded Master Navigator of Spain.
Columbus was not too happy about Vespucci gaining credit for his discoveries. Some people thought he was a fraud that was trying to take credit for Columbus' work.
While Amerigo sailed through the West Indies and on toward Central America, it is said that he discovered the Amazon River and Cape St. Augustine.
On his third voyage in 1499, under the Spanish flag, he discovered present-day Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata.
In June, 1503, sailing under the Portuguese flag, Vespucci discovered Bahia and the island of South Georgia.
Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci
Map of Amerigo Vespucci's Voyages from Spain and Portugal
Pros and Cons of the Countries He Represented
A positive impact on Spain and Portuguese, the two countries that sponsored him on different successful voyages, is the fact that they sponsored a successful explorer.
Pros and Cons on the Country He Explored
Even though he wasn't the one to name the country he found, he was the namesake. A German cartographer, Martin Waldseemuler, labeled the newly discovered Brazilian portion of the New World, America - the feminine version of Amerigo.
While he was at Cape Frio, Vespucci sat up a trading post on the Tropic of Capricorn. This was a result of the great quantities of brazil-wood discovered there. Trading posts had positive impacts on the areas where they were established.
I Claim This Land For...
Amerigo claimed these lands for these countries:
The Island of South Georgia
Cape St. Augustine
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de la Plata
He believed he had discovered a new continent, South America, the New World.
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He didn't only sit up a trading post on the Tropic of Capricorn.
On the voyage taken in 1505, he and his crew collected gold and pearls, as well as learning that there was a great abundance of these valuables in that region.