Amerigo Vespucci portrait

Amerigo Vespucci

Italian merchant, navigator and sea traveler. He participated in the Pinzon’s expedition during which the mouth of the Amazon was discovered. Vespucci’s letters with colorful descriptions of the known lands gave him notoriety greater than Christopher Columbus. From his name, the new continent was called America. He explored much of the east coast of South America. He described the discovery of the rivers Rio de Janeiro and the Rio de la Plata as well as Patagonia and South Georgia.

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