By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released a global map with a brand new continent on it which he referred to as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map used to be a wonderful good fortune and whilst Mercator`s 1538 global map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the hot identify used to be safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly discovered he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this is often the tale of the way one facet of the realm got here to be named now not after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his pal and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his adolescence as a broker or agent for the good Medici relations. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered as a Florentine agent, but additionally helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even supposing Amerigo himself later sailed on at the least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled specifically at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant commute writings bought far better than these of Columbus. He grew to become Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in international heritage to lifestyles with vibrant descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the United States.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci bought his identify wear a number of continents in keeping with letters he might by no means have written. nevertheless, he particularly was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>
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