Amerigo Vespucci

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1454 – 1512

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Who was Amerigo Vespucci?

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Afro-Eurasians. Colloquially referred to as the New World, this second super continent came to be termed "America", probably deriving its name from the feminized Latin version of Vespucci's first name.

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Born
Mar 9, 1454
Florence
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  • Italy
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Lived in
  • Florence
Died
Feb 22, 1512
Seville

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on July 23, 2013

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