Amerigo Vespucci

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Amerigo Vespucci

I, Amerigo Vespucci, was born in the year 1454 in the Republic of Florence. By the request of the King of Portugal, Manuel the First, I sailed to the east coast of South America to determine if this new land claimed by Portugal was an island or part of a continent already claimed by Spanish explorers. In 1507, Martin Waldseemüller published a map with North and South America labeled in my honor.

Amerigo Vespucci


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