Amerigo Vespucci

(1454 – 1512)

Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus’ voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to people of the Old World. Thus, with Columbus never yielding his belief that he had reached the Indies, America was therefore named after Amerigo Vespucci, who played a prominent role in exploring the New World.