Amerigo Vespucci

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.[1][2]

Amerigo Vespucci
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Statue ootside the Uffizi, Florence.
Born9 Mairch 1454(1454-03-09)
Florence, Republic o Florence, in present-day Italy
Dee'd22 Februar 1512(1512-02-22) (aged 57)
Seville, Croun o Castile, in present-day Spain
NaitionalityFlorentine (Italian)
Ither namesAmérico Vespucio [es]
Americus Vespucius [la]
Américo Vespúcio [pt]
Alberigo Vespucci
ThriftMerchant, Explorer, Cartographer
Kent forDemonstratin that the New Warld wis nae Asie but a previously unkent fowert continent.[a]
SignaturAmerigoVespucci Signature.png


  1. 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.
  2. 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 [1], or with the region Amerrique in Nicaragua. None of these theories has been accepted in mainstream academia.