By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released a global 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 stupendous good fortune and while Mercator`s 1538 global 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 incorrect guy.
this is often 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 relatives. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered as a Florentine agent, but additionally helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even if Amerigo himself later sailed on at the very least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled exceptionally at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant commute writings bought 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 global historical past to existence with vibrant descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the US.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci bought his identify wear a few continents in line with letters he may perhaps by no means have written. nonetheless, he particularly 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