By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released a global map with a brand new continent on it which he known as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map was once a good looking luck and while Mercator`s 1538 global map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this can be the tale of the way one aspect 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 early life as a broker or agent for the good Medici family members. 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 if Amerigo himself later sailed on at the very least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled exceptionally at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant go back and forth writings bought far better than these of Columbus. He turned Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in international historical past to lifestyles with vibrant descriptions of the folks and occasions that formed North the USA.
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"Amerigo Vespucci obtained his identify wear a number of continents in response to letters he may well by no means have written. nevertheless, he particularly was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and company agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>
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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto