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 +====== How America Got Its Name? ======
  
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 +{{:​amerigo.jpg |Amerigo Vespucci}}Their is growing noise of British expatriates in America that cannot become American but insist on complaining and revising history to replace the significance of Italy and Spain in the discoveries of the new world with folk more their kind in hope of obtaining psychic and superiority powers as a right to oppress and destroy. Tone down the rhetoric. The superiority complex of the aristocrats,​ namely Anglo, Tudor, Germans and Hungarians in the last century has been an absolute and utter disgrace and no harboring in secret either.
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 +The answer is Amerigo Vespucci born in 1453 in Florence. The United States Of America is named after the Italian navigator Amerigo Vespucci instead of the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus. But why? Who was Amerigo Vespucci, and what did he do?
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 +After the Roman Empire, after the dark ages, and after the crusaders, places like Florence, Geneoa and Venice and other places became powerful city states. ​
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 +Amerigo Vespucci was an Italian merchant, born in 1454 in Florence and employed by the Medicis. They sent him to look after their ship-outfitting business, which operated out of Seville, about the time Columbus made his first voyage. In fact, the business had a part in outfitting Columbus'​s third voyage.
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 +Vespucci finally outfitted his own voyage in quest of the passage to the Indian subcontinent that had eluded Columbus. He sailed in 1499 -- seven years after Columbus first landed in the West Indies. Vespucci made two voyages between 1499 and 1502 and possibly a third one in 1503.
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 +During his first voyage he explored the northern coast of South America to well beyond the mouth of the Amazon. He gave names like "Gulf of the Ganges,"​ and other Asian place-names he knew about, to the things he saw. He also made significant improvements in navigational techniques. During this trip he predicted the earth'​s circumference to within 50 miles.
 +{{ :​2245986_f120.jpg|Martin Waldseemüller}}
 +But the big breakthrough came on Vespucci'​s second trip. And that was the realization that what he was looking at was not India at all, but an entirely new continent. He verified the fact by following the coast of South America down to within 400 miles of Tierra del Fuego. Columbus found the new world, but Vespucci was the man who recognized that it was a new world.
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 +And who wrote Vespucci'​s Christian name on the maps? The King of Spain? Our founding fathers? Vespucci himself? No -- it was none of these. We were given our name by an obscure German clergyman and amateur geographer named Waldseemuller. Waldseemuller was a member of a little literary club that published an introduction to cosmology in 1507. In it he wrote of the new land mass that Vespucci had explored:
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 +    I see no reason why anyone should justly object to calling this part ... America, after Amerigo [Vespucci], its discoverer, a man of great ability. ​
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 +The name stuck, and when a second huge land mass was discovered to the north, the names North and South America were applied to the two continents.
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 +{{ :​220px-christopher_columbus.png |Christopher Columbus The Great}}
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