What are facts about Amerigo Vespucci?

Here are some interesting facts about Vespucci.

1. He died of malaria in 1512.

2. He is known for giving America it's name.

3. His family was very rich and lived in Florence, Italy

4.his family was friends with rolaty from spain.

5.His dad wanted him to live a comericel life.

See in "Ariel Castro's Corner" new inedited facts and explanations about Amerigo Vespucci.

Amerigo Vespucci, Explorer

  • Born: 9 March 1454
  • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
  • Died: 22 February 1512
  • Best Known As: The explorer after whom the Americas are named

Amerigo Vespucci was a Florentine merchant and navigator who made at least two transatlantic trips to the New World, voyages that inspired cartographer Martin Wardseemüller to label the new continent "America" in 1507. Vespucci was employed by the Florentine Medici family as a representative for their operations in Seville, Spain. He went from supplying ships to joining the expedition of Alonso Ojeda as a navigator. Although the record is unclear, it is generally accepted that Vespucci sailed with Ojeda to the northeastern coast of South America in 1499, under the flag of Spain. He made a second voyage in 1502. The story that he reached South America in 1497 is held to be apocryphal; the story that he made a fourth voyage in 1504 is also considered suspect. Somehow an account of a 1497 voyage was published, and Wardseemüller came to believe that Vespucci had commanded the expedition and had reached the New World before Christopher Columbus, who found the mainland in 1498. Wardseemüller named the continent America and the label stuck.

Vespucci is said to have made a guess at the world's circumference that was accurate within 50 miles. His real achievement seems to be that he concluded America had to be a new continent and not the eastern part of Asia, as Columbus believed. An honored citizen in Spain, Vespucci spent the years after his voyages as a maritime official for King Ferdinand.He sailed around with Christhoper Columbus till the reached Asia.

He did not come to North America

He wrote a book stating that he did land in North America, but in 1894 it was proven he lied.

"America" is named after him because a German map maker read his book and believed him.

He did land on the coast of Venezuela