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09/03/1454 Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci is born

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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