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Amerigo Vespucci Fact 1 Why was Amerigo Vespucci famous and what part of America did he explore?Amerigo Vespucci demonstrated that the New World was not Asia but a previously unknown new continent.  
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 2 The name 'America' derives from the Latin version of the first name of  Amerigo Vespucci.
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 3 A cartographer called Martin Waldseemuller printed a wood block map, called "Carta Mariana", with the name "America" spread across the southern continent of the New World.
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 4 In 1538 a world map was produced by Gerardus Mercator which was the first to include the names of North America and South America on the two continents.
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 5 When was Amerigo Vespucci born? He was born on March 9, 1451
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 6 What was his country of origin and where was Amerigo Vespucci born? He was born in Ognissanti, Florence, Italy
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 7 Amerigo Vespucci came from a well connected family.
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 8 In 1483 he became steward in the powerful house of Lorenzo de Medici
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 9 Whilst working for the Medici family he was sent to Seville in Spain where he learnt about the voyages of exploration and the search for a northwest passage to the lucrative Indies
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 10 He stayed in Spain and in 1497 was granted permission to undertake a voyage of discovery by King Ferdinand of Spain
 
 

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Amerigo Vespucci Fact 11 He left the port of Cadiz in Spain for his first voyage on May 10, 1497
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 12 May 10, 1497: His first voyage took him to the mainland of Guiana located on the northern Atlantic coast of South America.
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 13 He returned to Spain on October 15, 1498, reporting his findings to the de Medici family
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 14 May 16,1499: The Second Voyage of Amerigo Vespucci with Alonzo de Ojeda set sail for Cape Verde and explored the coast of Guiana and Brazil. They discovered Cape St. Augustine and the River Amazon and then returned to Spain
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 15 May 14, 1501: His Third Voyage took him back to Cape Verde and South America
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 16 June 10, 1503 The Fourth Voyage to South America. On the return journey he discovered Bahia and the island of South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 17 He established a trading agency for brazil wood at Cape Frio, Brazil - it was located exactly on the Tropic of Capricorn and returned to Europe
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 18 Amerigo Vespucci married Maria Cerezo and on April 14, 1505 he became a naturalized Spaniard
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 19 1505: Fifth voyage to South America
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 20 1507: Sixth voyage to South America
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 21 1507: The name of Amerigo Vespucci was immortalized by Martin Waldseemuller, who printed the first map that used the name America for the New World
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 22 Vespucci became Piloto Mayor (chief pilot) of Spain on August 6, 1508
 
 
Amerigo Vespucci Fact 23 Amerigo Vespucci died at Seville on February 22, 1512
 
 

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The First Voyage of Amerigo Vespucci departing from Cadiz on 10 May, 1497

The First Voyage of Amerigo Vespucci departing from
Cadiz on 10 May, 1497

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