By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released an international 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 while Mercator`s 1538 global map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify used to be safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this can be the tale of the way one part of the area 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 nice Medici kinfolk. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci endured as a Florentine agent, but in addition helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even if Amerigo himself later sailed on at the least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled peculiarly 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 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 brilliant descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the US.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci bought his identify wear a number of continents in response to letters he might by no means have written. nevertheless, he relatively 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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