from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Vespucci, Amerigo Latin name Americus Vespucius. 1454-1512. Italian navigator and explorer of the South American coast. America was named in his honor.

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  • n. Florentine navigator who explored the coast of South America; America was named in his honor (1454-1512)


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  • On the return of King Ferdinand to absolute power in Spain, through the death of his son-in-law Philip and the regency for his insane daughter Juana, he called Vespucci and La Cosa to court in order to consult with them respecting nautical affairs and future discoveries.

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  • Emerson, R. W., calls Vespucci a "thief and pickle-dealer," 237.

    Amerigo Vespucci

  • Ferdinand, King of Spain, and Fonseca, 76; parts with Vespucci, 168, 169; diplomacy of, 216; prefers Vespucci to Columbus, 227; calls Vespucci to court, 228; appoints him pilot-major, 229.

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  • It doesn't take a genius for these men to have deduced that what Colombus and other explorers such as Vespucci found was almost certainly not Asia, but rather another continent entirely. what's new online!

  • – The continent of America was named for little-known Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci, meaning there was a 50-50 chance we’d all be living in the United States of Vespucci.

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  • I don't know the whole story but I THINK that he was a cartographer just as America got named that due to an error by an Italian cartographer, Amerigo Vespucci.


  • In 1499, an educated Italian named Amerigo Vespucci joined a Spanish fleet and sailed to Venezuela.

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  • Although Amerigo Vespucci was a relatively insignificant person and had never led an expedition or discovered anything, his name appeared on much of the documentation and many of the New World land surveys.

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  • With documentation prepared by Amerigo Vespucci as his guide, he merely used the word Americus, the Latinized version of Amerigo, to indicate the New World.

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  • A few years later, the king of Portugal enlisted Vespucci to pilot another voyage to Brazil and by 1508, the voyages that Vespucci participated in were well documented.

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