Amerigo Vespucci facts for kids
Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci
|Born||March 9, 1454
Florence, Republic of Florence (Italy)
|Died||February 22, 1512 (aged 57)
Seville, Crown of Castile (Spain)
|Occupation||Merchant, explorer, cartographer|
|Known for||Demonstrating to Europeans that the New World was not Asia but a previously-unknown fourth continent|
Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator, and cartographer from the Republic of Florence.
Sailing for Portugal around 1501–1502, Vespucci demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies were not Asia's eastern outskirts (as initially thought by the Columbus' voyages) but a separate, unexplored land mass collectively known as the New World.
In 1507, the new continent was named America after the Latin version of Vespucci's first name. Vespucci became a citizen of the Crown of Castile.
Vespucci ran a school for navigators in Seville's Casa de Contratación in his later years. He died on February 22, 1512 at his home in Seville.
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