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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 was once an exquisite 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 discovered he had picked the incorrect guy.

this is often the tale of the way 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 formative years as a broker or agent for the good Medici relations. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered 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 a minimum of voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled specifically 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 turned Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in global historical past to existence with shiny descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the USA.

Praise for Amerigo:

"Amerigo Vespucci acquired his identify wear a few continents in response to letters he might by no means have written. nonetheless, 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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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America

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 an attractive good fortune and whilst 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 inaccurate guy.

this is often the tale of the way one part of the realm got here to be named now not after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his good friend and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his formative years as a broker or agent for the nice Medici kin. 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 a minimum of 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 commute writings offered far better than these of Columbus. He turned Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in international background to lifestyles with bright descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the USA.

compliment for Amerigo:

"Amerigo Vespucci obtained his identify wear a number of continents in accordance with letters he may perhaps by no means have written. however, he rather used to be a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici. " --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist journal. </em>

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He let me finish. But as soon as I raised my eyes, which betrayed my secret desire to hear what he had to say, he regained his composure and delivered the blow he had meticulously prepared before I’d even gotten there: “That’s what you say. But my men tell me otherwise. . ” He was lying on his side, leaning on his elbow, casually fiddling with a twig he had in his mouth. He raised his eyes and looked straight out at the other tents in a semicircle around his own, where his troops had settled in to watch our conversation.

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