Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

By Felipe Fernández-Armesto

In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released a global map with a brand new continent on it which he known as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map used to be a wonderful good fortune and while Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the hot identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the incorrect guy.

this is often the tale of ways one part of the realm 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 good Medici relatives. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persisted as a Florentine agent, but additionally 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 primarily 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 international heritage to lifestyles with brilliant descriptions of the folks and occasions that formed North the USA.

Praise for Amerigo:

"Amerigo Vespucci acquired his identify wear a few continents in response to letters he could by no means have written. nevertheless, he particularly 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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