Amerigo Vespucci: The Forgotten Explorer Who Named America

Feb 10, 2020 700

The age of discovery is certainly one of the most dramatic periods of European history - a period of revolutionary voyages and contacts with the fascinating and mysterious New World . Many prominent navigators, explorers and captains were fascinated by the possibilities of a world outside the known boundaries of Europe, a world far across the expanses of the ocean. In this New World there were many opportunities, including those of trade, gold, conquest, and riches.

Today we know this New World as America, but do you know where its name came from? The  famous Florentine navigator, the man who is often overshadowed by Columbus, is the one who further confirmed Columbus’ ‘discoveries’ and gave his name to the continent. He is Amerigo Vespucci, and here is his story.

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