Amerigo Vespucci facts for kids
Statue at the Uffizi, Florence
March 9, 1454|
Florence, Republic of Florence
|Died||February 22, 1512
Seville, Crown of Castile
|Other names||Américo Vespucio [es]
Americus Vespucius [la]
|Known for||Demonstrating that the New World was not Asia but a previously-unknown fourth continent.|
Amerigo Vespucci (9 March 1454 - 22 February 1512) was an Italian merchant, explorer and cartographer. He was the first person to explain that the New World discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 was not the eastern area of Asia, but an unknown continent (the Americas).
Amerigo traveled to the New World in 1499 landing in the northeastern portion of South America and voyaged again in 1502.
While on one of his voyages, Vespucci wrote two letters to a friend in Europe. He described his travels and was the first to identify the New World of North and South America as separate from Asia. (Columbus thought he had reached Asia to the day he died.)
Amerigo Vespucci also described the culture of the indigenous people, and focused on their diet, their religion, marriage, and childbirth practices. The letters were published in many languages and were distributed across Europe, selling much better than Columbus' diaries.
Vespucci spent his final years in Spain where he ran a school for navigators.
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The birthplace of Amerigo Vespucci, Florence, Italy
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