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Amerigo Vespucci - Life, Letters, Voyages


Explorer, born in Florence, NC Italy. He worked for the Medici family who sent him to Seville in 1491. He promoted a voyage to the New World in the track of Columbus, sailed with the explorer Alonso de Hojeda (1499), and explored the coast of Venezuela. In 1505 he was naturalized in Spain, and from 1508 was pilot-major of the kingdom. His name was given to America through an inaccurate account of his travels published in Lorraine (1507), in which he is represented as having discovered and reached the mainland in 1497.

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