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Amerigo Vespucci














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North America and South America were named after him
 
 
 
Vespucci was born in 1454 to a rich family in Florence, Italy. He was very interested in exploration and astrology.He read many books. in 1492, he left for Spain for some buissness matters. In Spain he began to work on ships and devoloped a further interest in exploration.
 
He left on his first expedition in 1499 with 4 ships. In this trip he explored the coast of South America. He became the first European to explore Brazil and the mouth of the Amazon.
 
He left on his second voyage in 1501. He crossed the Atalantic ocean and sailed along the south american coast until he was very close to the southern tip , but this time He was under the Portugese flag. He was the first person to discover that North and South America were different from Asia.

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Because he was the first person to discover that North and South America were seperate from Asia they named the two continents after him.

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In 1512 Amerigo Vespucci died of malaria.