Amerigo Vespucci

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Amerigo Vespucci

Many people disagree on my true birthdate. However many seem to agree that it's in March and somewhere in the 1450's. I was the third son in a cultured family and my father worked as a notary in Florence where I lived. My family was friends with the wealthy Medici family who ruled Italy from the 1400's to 1737. While my older brothers headed to the University of Pisa in Tuscany, I recieved my early education from my uncle Antonio Vespucci. When I was older, I studied philosophy at the University of Pisa, served as a secretary to an uncle, then returned to Florence. Before I went on my first voyage my father pressed me to go into business, so I took on a variety of business' in Florence. One job I had was as the manager of a trading firm owned by the rulers of Florence. I then moved on to banking in Seville where I worked with a man named Gianetto Berardi. Soon after when I was still in my early 20's one of my uncles Guido Antonio Vespucci, ambassador of Florence, sent me on a diplomatic mission to Paris. This mission is probably what awakened my interest in travel and exploration. Later in my life, on May 10th 1497 I sailed on my first voyage from Cadiz in Southern Spain with a fleet of four ships commanded by Alonso de Ojeda who sailed with Columbus on Columbus' second voyage. Our ships reached the northern coast of South America after a quick crossing of 24 days. Ojeda and I went seperate ways, me going South. I became the first person to sight the coast of Brazil on June 27,1499. Later in life I went on a second voyage in the service of Portugal. I then became a naturalized citizen of Spain in 1505. I died of Malaria in Seville Spain 2/22/1512 a month shy of 58.

Goals and Discoveries

My reasoning for my second and/or/not my third voyage were that there might be a passage to Asia through the New World. On my third voyage I entered the harbor of Rio de Janeiro. When I found it, I believed I had found a New Continent so I called it the New World. Also I am now considered the discoverer of the Rio de la Plata.

Lasting Impact

One of my lasting impacts is that America was named after me.


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