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Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci

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Biography Summary:
Amerigo Vespucci (1454 - 1512) was famous for having America named after him.

Amerigo Vespucci was born into a time that spawned many voyages exploring the word and discovering new territories as well as claiming new territories.

If not directly responsible for the naming of it, it would be he who would have his name feminized and used to name a New World, America.

After he had successful made several expeditions himself he subsequently began to assist in preparing other vessels for the trips to new continents thereafter.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact Sheet: Who was Amerigo Vespucci? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Amerigo Vespucci.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1454 - 1512 *** Full Name: Amerigo Vespucci *** Occupation: Italian Explorer, Navigator, Cartographer and Financier *** Date of Birth: Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9th 1454 *** Place of Birth: Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Republic of Florence *** Family background: His father was Ser Nastagio a notary of Florence and his mother was Lisabetta Mini *** Early life and childhood: He grew up and was raised in Florence *** Education: Amerigo Vespucci was educated by Fra Giorgio Antonio Vespucci, his uncle and a Dominican friar of the San Marco monastery in Florence ***

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 1: Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9th 1454 and during the century period in history which is described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 2: When he had completed his education, unlike his brothers who went on to University, Vespucci applied for a job as a clerk in a commercial house of Medici.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 3: Because of his hard work and loyalty he was honored with the protection and favor of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici and he inherited the business after the previous Lorenzo died.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 4: In 1492 Medici sent Vespucci and Donato Niccolini to assess the situation in the Cádiz office because of inconsistencies that were appearing.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 5: In 1495 Bishop Juan Rodriguez de Fonseca caused the Crown of Castile to break their deal with Christopher Columbus by handing out licenses to others.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 6: Vespucci also became the executor of an Italian merchant, Giannotto Berardi, who had recently died in Seville. He had left some matters outstanding, one of which was to complete an order to provide twelve vessels to the Castilian crown which Amerigo Vespucci completed.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 7: Having successfully fulfilled his obligations he decided to carry on as a provision contractor to those travelling to the Indies.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 8: It is known that he supplied beef for Columbus at least once possible twice.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 9: During 1499 he would be invited by King Manuel I of Portugal to take part as an observer on voyages to South America.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 10: During his first expedition he became apparent that the South American coast actually extended far further South than was thought previously.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 11: It was during one such voyage that took place in 1507 when a world map was produced by Martin Waldseemuller and on that map he named the new continent, using Vespucci’s first name in its feminine form, of America.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 12: By 1508 Vespucci would be responsible for the creation of the position of a chief of navigation of Spain in which he would be responsible for the planning of voyages to the Indies.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 13: That same year he would be asked by King Ferdinand to establish a school that teaches specifically navigational skills with a view to modernizing and standardizing the discipline.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 14: Amerigo Vespucci and Maria Cerezp married and she would outlive her husband as is evidenced by a lifetime pension being awarded to her by Royal decree.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 15: In total it is believed Vespucci undertook four sea voyages between 1497 and 1504 and it is also believed that it was not Vespucci who chose the name America but Martin Waldseemuller who gave him that honor.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 16: Having returned to Spain and would become a citizen. In early March of 1508 Ferdinand II of Aragon in recognition and honor of his discoveries made Vespucci the pilot major of Spain.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 17: He was also responsible for running a school for teaching navigational skills.

Amerigo Vespucci Fact 18: Amerigo Vespucci died on February 22nd 1512 in his home in Seville, Spain. His body was laid to rest in the Vespucci family burial place in the Church of Ognissanti in Florence in Italy.

Influence & Legacy: An early pioneer of navigational skills and exploratory travel he would be commissioned to raise a school for the specific purpose of teaching navigational skills. His most obvious legacy is the fact that the continent America was named in honor of Amerigo Vespucci's explorations.

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