AMERIGO VESPUCCI

1454 - 1512

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FACTS

  1. Vespucci was an Italian navigator and one of the first Explorers of the New World.
  2. He helped Christopher Columbus on some of his voyages.
  3. He went on two voayages for Spain. One voyage was in 1497 and one was in 1499.
  4. During his voyages in 1499 and 1501, Vespucci explored 10,000 km (6,000 miles).
  5. In 1501, he discovered that South America was a continent and not a series of small islands like they thought they were before.
  6. It was a German mapmaker that thought that South America should be named after Amerigo Vespucci.
  7. North America was also named after Amerigo Vespucci.
  8. Vespucci became the pilot major or chief navigator of Spain in 1508.


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References:

Facts found in The New Book of Knowledge, Volume 19, by Scholastic
Picture of Vespucci found at http://library.thinkquest.org/4034/vespucci.html
PIcture of ship found at http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AmerigoVespucci.JPG
Map found at http://www.english-online.at/history/amerigo-vespucci/how-america-got-its-name.htm


By: Ben Harrison