Amerigo Vespucci


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Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) 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 Afro-Eurasians. Colloquially referred to as the New World, this... more »

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  • They live together without king, without government, and each is his own master.... Beyond the fact that they have no church, no religion and are not idolaters, what more can I say? They live accordin...
    Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512), Italian navigator. Letter on the New World, p. 27, The Philosophy of the 16th and 17th Centuries, ed. R.H. Popkin, The F...
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