Amerigo Vespucci

1454 - 1512

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Amerigo Vespucci (; Italian: [ameˈriːɡo veˈsputtʃi]; 9 March 1451 – 22 February 1512) was an Italian merchant, 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 4,982,927 page views. His biography is available in 97 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Amerigo Vespucci is the 5th most popular explorer, the 21st most popular biography from Italy (up from 25th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular 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 405Before him are Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan, and Vasco da Gama. After him are Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1454, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 1After him are Catherine Cornaro, Pinturicchio, 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, Sophia Jagiellon, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach, Svante Nilsson, Alessandro Achillini, and Antoine Brumel.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Amerigo Vespucci ranks 21 out of 4,668Before him are Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Cicero (-106), Virgil (-70), Commodus (161), Giordano Bruno (1548), and Francis of Assisi (1182). After him are Caravaggio (1571), Nero (37), Ovid (-43), Sandro Botticelli (1445), Marcus Aurelius (121), and Petrarch (1304).

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), Antonio Pigafetta (1492), Sebastian Cabot (1484), Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza (1852), Bartholomew Columbus (1460), Alvise Cadamosto (1432), and Lancelotto Malocello (1270).