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Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci

Explorer (c.1451-1512)

A financial manager for the de’ Medici family, Amerigo Vespucci turned hisattention toward exploration with the news of Columbus’ voyages. He sailed forSpain and then Portugal, making four voyages between 1497 and 1504.Traveling twice to explore the coastline of South America, he was the first torealize it was a continent, dubbing it the “New World.” German cartographerMartin Waldseemuller identified it as America, named after Amerigo, when hecreated a map of the world in 1507.(Provided by Fra Noi/Written by JaniceMancuso, founder of For more geniuses, go to

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