Amerigo Vespucci Facts

Italian Explorer Amerigo Vespucci
Amerigo Vespucci

Amerigo Vespucci was a famous Italian explorer who sailed for Spain and Portugal. He is famous for being the first person to show that the new lands discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 were not the eastern portion of Asia but actually a separate continent, a New World as it would come to be called. This New World would come to be called "America"; taken from the Latin spelling of Vespucci's first name "Americus".

On this page is a list of interesting facts about the famous Italian Explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Information on this page, written for kids and adults, includes why America is named after him, where he explored, and provides a basic summary of who Amerigo Vespucci was.

Amerigo Vespucci Interesting Facts

The Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci