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 beautiful 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 incorrect guy.
this can be the tale of the way one facet 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 kin. 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 supposing Amerigo himself later sailed on not less than voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled especially at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant trip writings bought 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 historical past to existence with bright descriptions of the folks and occasions that formed North the United States.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci received his identify wear a number of continents according to letters he may possibly by no means have written. nonetheless, he relatively was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>
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