By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released a global 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 an exquisite good fortune and while Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly discovered he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this can be the tale of the way one aspect of the realm got here to be named no longer after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his pal and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his formative years as a broker or agent for the good 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 not less than voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled mainly at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant trip writings offered far better than these of Columbus. He grew to become Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in global background to lifestyles with shiny descriptions of the folks and occasions that formed North the United States.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci acquired his identify wear a few continents according to letters he could by no means have written. nonetheless, he relatively used to be a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>
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