Analysis Of Americo Vespucci 's New World Essay

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Americo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, navigator, and cartographer who first showed that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia 's eastern outskirts as displayed through Columbus’s voyages, but instead showed an entirely separate landmass, referred to as the “New World”. This second super continent came to be called the “America”, this deriving from Vespucci’s first name.

Born March 9, 1454 in Florence, Italy to Lisabetta Mini Vespucci and Nastagio Vespucci, he was the third child of five. He had come to Spain as an employee of trade shortly before the first voyage of Columbus, who he later became acquainted with. On March 15, 1493 when Columbus returned from his first voyage and spoke of the immense riches found, the commercial houses in Genoa and Venice began to speculate on the possibility of opening new routes for transport. Possibly the first news of the feat of Columbus came to them through letters, or Vespucci.

In the years before Vespucci embarked on his first voyage of exploration, he held many other jobs. When he was 24, his father began to pressure him to go into business. At his own accord he obliged, not very enthusiastically. He first undertook a variety of business endeavors in Florence. He later moved on to a banking business in Spain, where he formed a partnership with Gianetto Berardi from Florence.
Vespucci and his parents were friends of the wealthy Medici family, who ruled Italy from the 1400s to 1737. While Vespucci’s older brothers…

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