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 used to be a lovely luck and while Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this can be the tale of ways 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 in addition helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even supposing Amerigo himself later sailed on at the very least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled chiefly at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant shuttle 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 heritage to existence with vibrant 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 may possibly by no means have written. nevertheless, he relatively used to be a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise 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 by Felipe Fernández-Armesto