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Friday, March 9, 2018

Amerigo Vespucci

America Vespucci lived during the mid to late 1400s. He was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer. Vespucci had first showed to the world that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia. Columbus voyages had tried to show that it was but in fact Columbus had found an entirely separate landmass. The land that Columbus had found had been referred to as the new world but after the voyages of Vespucci the land became known as "Americas" 

Amerigo Vespucci was born and raised in Florence on the Italian Peninsula in 1454. The third son of a Florentine notary and his wife. Amerigo was named after his grandfather and was educated by his uncle a Dominican Friar of San Marco in Florence. Rather than following his siblings and attending the University of Pisa Amerigo decided upon a mercantile life. 

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