Amerigo Vespucci (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈriɡo vesˈputtʃi]) (Mairch 9, 1454 – Februar 22, 1512) wis an Italian explorer, financier, navigator an cartographer who first demonstratit that Brazil an the Wast Indies did nae represent Asie's eastren ootskirts as initially conjectured frae Columbus' voyages, but insteid constitutit an entirely separate landmass hitherto unkent tae Afro-Eurasians. Colloquially referred tae as the New Warld, this seicont super continent came tae be termed "Americae", derivin its name frae the feminized Laitin version o Vespucci's first name.
Statue ootside the Uffizi, Florence.
|Born||9 Mairch 1454|
Florence, Republic o Florence, in present-day Italy
|Dee'd||22 Februar 1512 (aged 57)|
Seville, Croun o Castile, in present-day Spain
|Ither names||Américo Vespucio [es]|
Americus Vespucius [la]
Américo Vespúcio [pt]
|Thrift||Merchant, Explorer, Cartographer|
|Kent for||Demonstratin that the New Warld wis nae Asie but a previously unkent fowert continent.[a]|
- See e.g. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, Amerigo Vespucci; and Room, Adrian. 2004. Placenames of the world: origins and meanings of the names for over 5000 natural features, countries, capitals, territories, cities and historic sights: America believed to have derived their name from the feminized Latin version of his first name.
- Rival explanations have been proposed (see Arciniegas, Germán. Amerigo and the New World: The Life & Times of Amerigo Vespucci. Translated by Harriet de Onís. New York: Octagon Books, 1978.[specify]) For example, some have speculated that the name's origin may lie with Richard Amerike , or with the region Amerrique in Nicaragua. None of these theories has been accepted in mainstream academia.