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9th March, 1451 Amerigo Vespucci was born

Amerigo VespucciOn the 9th of March, 1451 in Florence was born Amerigo Vespucci, in whose honor both continents of America are named.

When Amerigo went bankrupt, he decided to try his fate and went to the newly opened unnamed mainland. To the great regret of Vespucci, travelers could not find the wealth. Amerigo went down in history as a savvy, but at the same time cautious navigator. His fascinating story admired people. His fame spread quickly, and that’s why both continents were called by the name of this legendary man.

By the way there is another version on which it is known that in his first traveling Vespucci went in 1499 as a navigator. The expedition was led by Admiral Alonso de Ojeda. Travelers started from Puerto de Santa Maria, near Cadiz and in 24 days reached the shores of Suriname, at 3 ° N. (The map shows that the site is located to the south-east of Cape Pariahs).

It is known that the sailors used the map of Columbus, which he sent to them in October 1499. Navigators explored the shore, went into the Gulf of Maracaibo, where they saw a village on stilts, which was called Venezuela (Little Venice). In February 1500 expedition returned to Cadiz.

In 1500 Vespucci went to Portugal, where took two sailing from Lisbon to the coast of South America, which he called the New World.

Amerigo Vespucci died in 1512 alone, without family. He went down in history as one of the discoverers of America, the Gulf of Venezuela, the Amazon delta, the Brazilian highlands, lagoons Maracaibo.

This Day in History 09-03-2013