Amerigo Vespucci

 

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Born1454-

Died 1512

Explored

1524-1542

 

Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo's route
Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian.  He made maps. He was a navigator and an explorer.  He made four voyages to the Americas.  He made two for Spain and two for Portugal.
He was one of the first explorers to understand that South America was a continent, not an island. He was a fine mapmaker.  Vespucci sold copies of his maps. A German mapmaker copied the maps. Vespucci’s name was written on the land of the map. People mistook his name for the name of the land! People started to call it America.
The King of Spain gave Amerigo an important job.  He taught Spanish sailors navigation.  Magellan was one of his students.

 

 

 

 

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