Amerigo Vespucci

(1454—1512) Italian merchant and explorer

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Italian merchant and explorer. He travelled to the New World, reaching the coast of Venezuela on his first voyage (1499–1500) and exploring the Brazilian coastline in 1501–2. The Latin form of his first name is believed to have given rise to the name of America.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700).

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