By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released an international map with a brand new continent on it which he known as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map was once a lovely luck and whilst Mercator`s 1538 global map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the hot identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly discovered he had picked the inaccurate guy.
this is often the tale of the way one part of the realm got here to be named now not after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his buddy and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his adolescence as a broker or agent for the nice Medici relatives. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered as a Florentine agent, but in addition helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even supposing Amerigo himself later sailed on not less than voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled chiefly at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant shuttle writings bought far better than these of Columbus. He grew to become Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in global background to lifestyles with brilliant descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the United States.
Praise for Amerigo:
"Amerigo Vespucci received his identify wear a number of continents in response to letters he may well by no means have written. nevertheless, he fairly was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>
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Extra info for Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
Naturally, I read most of the articles which appeared in the press at the time of my wife's murder, in France and in other countries where I am known. I could see that the press behaved very properly', with a few rare exceptions (their motives being clearly political). Thus I did what no one else has either wanted or been able to do before: I gathered together and collated all the available 'information' as if it related to someone else, and looked at it in the light of my own experience and vice versa.
When he was away, often for several days and nights, my grandmother was left alone. On numerous occasions she told me about the 'Marguerite' uprising, when she was alone with her two daughters in their house in the forest. There was a chance that the fiery Arab troops would pass very close to where they were and, though the local people liked my grandfather, there was every reason to be fearful since these troops were from another region some way away. The night of the greatest danger my grandmother did not sleep a wink, although her two young daughters (one of whom was to become my mother) slept peacefully by her side.
He had his job, looked after money matters, and concerned himself with the wider world. On these issues he was wholly unwilling to compromise. But he never took any initiative in the home or on the subject of our education. In these spheres my mother reigned supreme. On the other hand, he never talked at home about either his job or about friends he had outside the family (except for two we got to know, one of whom took us in his car to Chrea where there was snow). My father began to talk about things just six months before his death, in the little house at Viroflay to which he had retired.
Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto