Amerigo Vespucci

America you ask? was named after him.

Early life for Amerigo Vespucci-

He was born in ognissanti, Florence, on March 9, 1451. Italian-born Spanish navigator and explorer of the New World, and became a naturalized citizen of Spain in 1505. In 1505 he married Maria Cerezo.

Background about Amerigo Vespucci-

From 1491-1492 He worked in Seville, Spain for the De Medici family where he learnt about the voyages of exploration and the men who were searching for a northwest passage to the Indies. May 10, 1497 was the first voyage of amerigo Vespucci. Italian-born Spanish navigator and explorer of the New World, also known as, "America". Died February 22, 1512, at age 57, in Seville, Spain.

Achievements and discoveries-

Of course Amerigo's biggest achievement was having america named after him, but he also had many small ones also. Amerigo didn't discover america, Christopher Columbus did, but Amerigo was with Christopher when he did discover america, therefor america was named after his name, Amerigo. August 6, 1508 amerigo becomes chief pilot of Spain. 1507 German mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller, printed the first map that used the name America for the New World.

The impact Amerigo Vespucci has on the world today-

A German mapmaker named Martin Waldseemuller, was working on a contemporary world map. Waldseemuller was an accomplished scholar and had wanted to be recognized as the person who designed the most accurate map available in a time of constant change and new discoveries. Based on the writings of Amerigo Vespucci, Waldseemuller became convinced, as did many scholars at the time, that the New World was indeed comprised of new continents. He designed and created a wood block world map called Carta Mariana, that contained the first ever drawing of a new continent to the West which he named America in honor of Amerigo Vespucci. Thousands of maps were printed and distributed across Europe. People everywhere began to call the New World, America.

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