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Italian Navigator, Amerigo Vespucci, is born in Florence, Italy

He played a significant role in the establishment of America. He was the first to establish that America was a new continent and not a part of Asia. Amerigo’s legacy is not only his name, but in his dignity and devotion to the divine. Amerigo had believed for years before any actual discovery that there was a New World. ‘Those new regions which we found we may rightly call a New World.’ Unbeknownst to Amerigo, the New World was to be given his name. A group of scholars at the university of St. Die in Lorrain obtained copies of Amerigo’s letters to Piero and published them. In the ninth chapter of the book ‘’Cosmographie Introduction’’, one of the scholars suggested naming the New World America:

But now that these parts of the world have been widely examined and another fourth part has been discovered by Amerigo Vespucci, … I see no reason why we should not call it America, that is to say, land of Americus, for Americus its discoverer, man of sagacious wit, just as Europe and Asia received in days gone by their names from women. It is fitting that … in as much as Americus discovered it (and mapped it) it be called Amerige, or let us say land of Americi that is: america.


Amerigo Vespucci was the first European explorer to recognize that the Americas were a completely new land, and not part of Asia. At the time, this was an amazing breakthrough that inspired more Europeans than ever to start exploring and settling this mysterious new land. Read this easy-to-read children’s book and discover…

* How Amerigo Vespucci changed history forever with his discoveries.

* How Amerigo’s childhood prepared him for the great accomplishments later in life.

* How Vespucci’s time with the powerful Medici family set the stage for his historic voyages.

* Why a fateful meeting with Christopher Columbus inspired Amerigo to venture on his own to the New World.

* The breakthrough discoveries that Vespucci made on his three voyages to the New World.

…and much, much more!


The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci and Other Documents Illustrative of his Career: 

The publications of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made available edited (and sometimes translated) early accounts of exploration. Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) became a controversial figure after the publication of two letters attempting to undermine Christopher Columbus. These letters and other documents are provided in this volume. –This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.





Explorers of North America (True Books: American History (Paperback))

– Clean new design for easy readability and comprehension
– Updated text presented in a lively, continuous narrative
– New center-spread sidebar feature presenting material in a fun, creative way
– Excellent age-appropriate introduction to curriculum-relevant subjects
– Words to Know glossary clarifies subject-specific vocabulary
– Learn More section encourages independent study
– Index makes navigating subject matter easy



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