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Amerigo Vespucci
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Statue at the Uffizi, Florence
Born March 9, 1454(1454-03-09)
Died February 22, 1512(1512-02-22) (aged 57)
Nationality Italian
Other names Américo Vespucio [es]
Americus Vespucius [la]
Known for Demonstrating that the New World was not Asia but a previously-unknown fourth continent.[a]

Amerigo Vespucci (9 March 1454 - 22 February 1512) was an Italian merchant, explorer and cartographer. He was the first person to explain that the New World discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 was not the eastern area of Asia, but an unknown continent (America).

It is also popularly believed that North and South America derive their name from a Latinized version his first name.[1]

He died of malaria.

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  1. Arciniegas, Germán. Amerigo and the New World: The Life & Times of Amerigo Vespucci. Translated by Harriet de Onís. New York: Octagon Books, 1978.