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09/03/1454 Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci is born

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Mini Bio: Amerigo Vespucci

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How America Got Its Name

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letter by Amerigo Vespucci- His first voyage

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Amerigo Vespucci's life / story

He demonstrated that Brazil and the so-called West Indies are part of the new landmass and not Asia's eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus' voyages. The two new continents are now called after Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci's first name. It was first used by German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller.
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