Amerigo Vespucci

1454 - 1512

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Amerigo Vespucci ( vesp-OO-chee, Italian: [ameˈriːɡo veˈsputtʃi]; 9 March 1451 – 22 February 1512) was an Italian explorer and navigator from the Republic of Florence, from whose name the term "America" is derived. Between 1497 and 1504, Vespucci participated in at least two voyages of the Age of Discovery, first on behalf of Spain (1499–1500) and then for Portugal (1501–1502). In 1503 and 1505, two booklets were published under his name, containing colourful descriptions of these explorations and other alleged voyages. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Amerigo Vespucci has received more than 6,137,057 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 97 in 2019). Amerigo Vespucci is the 5th most popular explorer, the 24th most popular biography from Italy (down from 21st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Italian Explorer.

Amerigo Vespucci is most famous for being the first person to realize that the continents of South America and North America were not connected, but were in fact two separate continents.

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Among explorers, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 5 out of 498Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Vasco da Gama. After him are Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1454, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 1After him are Pinturicchio, Catherine Cornaro, Poliziano, Bogislaw X, Duke of Pomerania, and Joanna of Aragon, Queen of Naples. Among people deceased in 1512, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 1After him are Bayezid II, Gaston of Foix, Duke of Nemours, Alessandro Achillini, Hatuey, Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Svante Nilsson, and Antoine Brumel.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 24 out of 5,161Before him are Giordano Bruno (1548), Virgil (-70), Francis of Assisi (1182), Nero (37), Caravaggio (1571), and Petrarch (1304). After him are Ovid (-43), Marcus Aurelius (121), Giovanni Boccaccio (1313), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), and Caligula (12).

Among EXPLORERS In Italy

Among explorers born in Italy, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 3Before him are Marco Polo (1254), and Christopher Columbus (1451). After him are John Cabot (1450), Giovanni da Verrazzano (1485), Giovanni Battista Belzoni (1778), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), Niccolò de' Conti (1395), and Lancelotto Malocello (1270).