10 Facts about Amerigo Vespucci

Thursday, January 8th 2015. | Figures

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci talk about the explorer who discovered America. The name of the continent was taken from the Latin form of Amerigo Vespucci’s name.  This man was raised in a well connected family. Here are some interesting facts about Amerigo Vespucci:

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 1: date of birth

Amerigo Vespucci was born in Ognissanti, Florence, Italy on 9 March 1451.  He was the steward in the house of Lorenzo de Medici in 1483. When he was working there, he was often sent to Seville in Spain. In this city, he knew about voyages which enabled him to become an explorer in the future.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 2: a voyage of discovery

He got a permission to have a voyage rediscovery in 1497. King Ferdinand of Spain gave the permission to Vespucci.

Amerigo Vespucci Facts

Amerigo Vespucci Facts

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 3: the first voyage

On 10 May 1497, Amerigo made his first voyage. He sailed from Port of Cadiz, Spain. He anchored the fleet on the mainland of Guiana. It was located in the northern Atlantic coast in South America. On 15 October 1498, he came back to Spain and reported his discovery. Find out another explorer in Alonzo Herndon facts.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 4: the second voyage

Amerigo Vespucci made his second voyage on 16 May 1499.  Amerigo along with Alonzo de Ojeda traveled to the Costa of Brazil and Guyana. They discovered River Amazon and Capet St. Augustine.

Amerigo Vespucci Image

Amerigo Vespucci Image

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 5: the third voyage

Amerigo made his third voyage on 14 May 1501. He arrived at Cape Verde and South America. He discovered Bahia South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands on his fourth voyage to South America on 10 June 1503.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 6: the fifth and sixth voyage

It seems that Amerigo liked to be an explorer. He had his fifth and sixth voyage in 1505 and 1507 to South America. Check facts about Alvarez de Pineda here.

Amerigo Vespucci Pic

Amerigo Vespucci Pic

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 7: a trading agency

When he was at Cape Frio, Brazil, he formed a trading agency for Brazil wood.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 8: personal life

On 14 April 1505, Amerigo Vespucci and Maria Crezo wedded. Then Amerigo became a naturalized Spaniard.

Amerigo Vespucci Statue

Amerigo Vespucci Statue

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 9: Martin Waldseemuller

Martin Waldseemuller was the man who printed the first map of the New World. He used the name America on the map in 1507.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci 10: death

On 22 February 1512, Amerigo Vespucci passed away at Seville.

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci

Facts about Amerigo Vespucci

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