Who the heck was Amerigo Vespucci?
#19370. Asked by Columbus. (May 25 02 3:34 PM)
The explorer whom the Americas were named after.|
A little more info and a source if needed. |
In 1503, on this journey, led by Amerigo Vespuccci himself, the captain and crew
explored the South Eastern side of South America. They ran along the coast and
visited such places as Cape Soo Roque, Guanabara Bay, Rio de la Plata, Cape Santo
Agostinho, San Julian and spotted the Falkland Islands. His crew returned back to
Spain in 1504 and told their story to mapmakers to put on the maps. After the
findings of the 'New World' a mapmaker suggested they call it America, after the
knowing founder. Martin Waldseemuller a German mapmaker was one of the first to
believe that Vespucci was the first European to reach the 'New World.' In 1507,
he suggested they call it America and soon this name was used throughout and
eventually used officially in the naming of the continent.
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