Amerigo Vespucci was the third son of Nastagio Vespucci, a Florentine notary for the Money-Changers Guild, and Lisa di Giovanni Mini. The family resided in the District of Santa Lucia d'Ognissanti along with other families of the Vespucci clan.
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Amerigo Vespucci, merchant and explorer-navigator who took part in early voyages to the New World (1499–1500, 1501–02) and occupied the influential post of piloto mayor (‘master navigator’) in Sevilla (1508–12). The name for the Americas is derived from his given name.
Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian-born merchant and explorer who took part in early voyages to the New World on behalf of Spain around the late 15th century. By
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Aug 20, 2020 · Navigator and explorer Amerigo Vespucci, the third son in a cultured family, was born on March 9, 1451, (some scholars say 1454) in Florence, Italy. Although born in Italy, Vespucci became a ...
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- Early Life
- First Voyage and Letter Controversy
- 1501 Voyage and Recognition of South America
- Later Voyages and Other Accomplishments
- The Naming of America
Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9, 1454, in Florence, Italy. As a young man, he was fascinated with books and maps. The Vespuccis were a prominent family and friends with the powerful Medicis, who ruled Italy for more than 300 years. After being educated by his uncle, Vespucci himself worked for the Medicis as a banker and later supervisor of their ship-outfitting business, which operated in Seville, Spain. He moved to Spain in 1492.This business allowed Vespucci to see the great explorers...
\\"Amerigo Vespucci took at least three voyages westward,\\" said Cosme. There is some controversy among historians about when Vespucci set sail on his first voyage. Many accounts place the sail date in 1499, seven years after Columbus landed in the Bahamas. On the 1499 voyage, Vespucci sailed to the northern part of South America and into the Amazon River. He gave places he saw names like the \\"Gulf of Ganges,\\" thinking, as his explorer contemporaries did, that he was in Asia. He also made improv...
On May 14, 1501, Vespucci set sail to the New World under the Portuguese flag on what would be his most successful voyage.Vespucci's ships traveled along the South American coast down to Patagonia. Along the way, he encountered the rivers Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata. During this voyage, Vespucci came to suspect that he was looking at a continent entirely different from Asia. \\"Vespucci was both familiar with and fascinated by the accounts of Marco Polo and his time in Asia. The book by...
Vespucci's later voyages were not as successful as the 1501 expedition, and scholars are unsure of exactly how many later voyages he embarked upon. In 1503, he sailed to Brazil, but when his fleet failed to make any new discoveries, the ships disbanded. Vespucci pressed on, however, and discovered the island of Bahia and South Georgia before returning to Lisbon ahead of schedule.Vespucci may have gone on two more voyages, in 1505 and 1507, but accounts are unclear. In 1505, he became a natura...
Vespucci's reputation has gone through periods of ridicule, and at times he has been viewed as schemer who attempted to steal glory from Columbus. But in reality, it wasn't Vespucci's ambition that got two continents named after him: it was the work of a German clergyman and amateur cartographer called Martin Waldseemüller.In 1507, Waldseemüller and some other scholars were working an introduction to cosmology that would contain large maps, according to the U.S. Library of Congress. Waldseemü...
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The facts of Vespucci's voyages, including which ones he actually participated in, is disputed (see below). The general outline of his reported travels is as follows: Already in his 40s, around 1495, Vespucci became the director of a company that supplied ships for long voyages. His own first voyage reportedly took place in 1497, probably a trip organized by King Ferdinand of Spain, who wanted to clarify if the island of Hispaniola, which had been discovered by Christopher Columbus, lay near the mainland of "the Indies." Vespucci himself said that he went on the voyage to discover "new worlds." Juan Dias de Solis, a Portuguese explorer in service to Spain may have been the captain of this company, which set sail in May 1497. Accompanying Vespucci was pilot and cartographer Juan de la Cosa, the then-famous captain who had sailed with Columbus in 1492. According to the first letter of Vespucci, they reached land at 16 degrees latitude, probably on the coast of the La Guajira peninsula...
Two letters attributed to Vespucci were published during his lifetime. Mundus Novus ("New World") was a Latin translation of a lost Italian letter sent from Lisbon to Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de' Medici. It describes a voyage to South America in 1501-1502. Mundus Novuswas published in late 1502 (or early 1503), and soon reprinted and distributed in numerous European countries. Lettera di Amerigo Vespucci delle isole nuovamente trovate in quattro suoi viaggi ("Letter of Amerigo Vespucci concerning the isles newly discovered on his four voyages"), known as Lettera al Soderini, was writen in Italian addressed to Piero Soderini. Printed in 1504 or 1505, it claimed to be an account of four voyages to the Americas made by Vespucci between 1497 and 1504. A Latin translation was published by the German Martin Waldseemüller in 1507 in Cosmographiae Introductio, a book on cosmography and geography, as Quattuor Americi Vespuccij navigationes("Four Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci"). In the eighteen...
When thinking of Amerigo Vespucci, most think of his first name, which first appeared on Martin Waldseemüller's world map in 1507, as the name of the new continent, "America." In an accompanying book, Waldseemüller published one of the Vespucci accounts, which led to criticism that Vespucci was trying to steal the glory of Christopher Columbus's earlier voyages to the New World. However, Vespucci's real historical importance may well be due to his letters more than in his discoveries. From these letters, the European public learned of the newly discovered continentof the Americas for the first time. America's existence became generally known throughout Europe within a few years of the letters' publication. From then on, the average European had to ponder the possibilities of what a whole new continent meant in their lives and futures.Alper, Ann Fitzpatrick. Forgotten Voyager: The Story of Amerigo Vespucci. Carolrhoda Books, 1991. ISBN 9780876144428Fernández-Armesto, Felipe. Amerigo: the Man Who Gave His Name to America. Random House, 2007. ISBN 9781400062812Formisano, Luciano (ed.). Letters from a New World: Amerigo Vespucci's Discovery of America. Marsilio, 1992. ISBN 0941419622Ober, Frederick A. Amerigo Vespucci. Echo Library, 2007. ISBN 9781406836004
All links retrieved March 14, 2016. 1. Account of 'The First Voyage', 1497: Letter of Amerigo Vespucci To Pier Soderini. www.forham.edu. 2. Amerigo Vespucci by Frederick Albion Ober www.gutenberg.org.
Amerigo Vespucci was born March 9, 1454 in Florence, Italy to Nastagio and Lisabetta Vespucci. His father was a notary in the Florence government. The Vespucci family was well-connected, and Amerigo received an excellent education by his uncle Giorgio Antonio.
Jan 18, 2020 · The Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian Navy training ship, which was dedicated to the famous explorer and is still being used today. ( Stefano Garau / Adobe stock) Amerigo’s achievements changed the fate of maritime exploration. First of all, Vespucci was the first European man to sight and reach the shores of Brazil, and to explore its coastline.
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 people of the Old World. Thus, with ...
Who Was Amerigo Vespucci And Did He Actually Discover America? Waldseemüller wrote, “I see no reason why anyone should justly object to calling this part … America, after Amerigo [Vespucci], its discoverer, a man of great ability.” So, that was the story of Amerigo Vespucci and how America got its name.