On October 12, 1492, a new terrain appeared on the map of the world. After being hiding under the civilized earth for thousands of years, it was caught in the eyes of a Spanish sailor. The sailor’s name is Christopher Columbus.
At the call of the impossible, he sailed across Europe from the infinite sea. He discovered a vast continent in the West. The name of that continent is America.
But interestingly, the name of another explorer chosen to name this continent of America discovered by Columbus in the fifteenth century named Amerigo Vespucci.
Who is this Americano Vespucci? Why is a new terrain named after this person? These two questions are quite simple, but the answer is not so simple.
Instead, thousands of discussions and debates are hiding behind it. And Amigo Vespucci has become one of the most controversial explorers in the history of the world.
The golden age of the traveler.
The period between the fourteenth century and the fifteenth century was the era of discovery. Dreamer explorers hold maps to indicate, one eye with the lens of the telescope standing on the deck of the ship and exploring an unknown new world.
Many returned with the search for new land. There were thousands of years of lost wealth. They were traditionally honored with national heroes. Their name would have been the gold leaf of history. But most travelers didn’t return.
Their names were submitted to the erstwhile Department of History. But even then, they didn’t stop. That’s why historians have called this era the “traveler’s era.”
When this was the case, a boy named Amerigo Vespucci was born to a wealthy family in Florence, a beautiful Italian city. As a Gregorian registrar, it was March 9, 1451.
Initially, Italian, though, Amerigo later emerged as a Spanish citizen. In the birth of a wealthy family, from a young age, Amerigo had been known to many wealthy families in Italy.
Medici family is one of them. The Medici family ruled Italy at that time.
Amerigo was a book-lover. Uncle Antonio was his teacher in childhood. He used to read a lot of books in the gap of study. As a result of reading the book, Amerigo’s thoughts were different and progressive than those of the contemporary one.
This is why Amerigo was well known outside the family. As a result, at the age of just 20, he had the opportunity to make a brief diplomatic visit to Paris as ambassador to King Lui.
According to biographers, at that time, he was attracted to traveling and discovering a new country.
The young Amerigo decided to go in search of the unknown. There was nothing short of Amerigo, the child of the parent who owns the real estate.
He had to go down the business with the intoxication of discovering the new countries. For business purposes, he had to move to Sevilla, Spain.
There he formed a business relationship with a man named Giannette Berardi. However, according to many, he stayed in Sevia for five years and had overseen several business establishments on behalf of the Medici family. As a businessman, he had forgotten his dream of being a traveler.
In 1490, he started a business with a merchant who himself was employed as the leading supplier of ships to Christopher Columbus.
After hearing his name, he was drugged into a new journey. But he failed to meet Columbus at that time. When Columbus was in search of new land in 1492, Amerigo was dealing with business documents.
When Columbus returned to the country at the end of his travels in 1496, Amerigo-Christopher first met.
The fascinated Amerigo that day told Columbus of his desire to be an adventurer. Since then, there has been a dramatic change in Amerigo’s life. He saw significant losses from the business side.
No one knows if there was any hint of God behind it. But Amerigo saw this loss as a beautiful opportunity. Suddenly, Spain’s great king Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, announced that they would sponsor explorers who wanted to discover a new country.
Forty years old Amerigo that time did not delay. Holds maps and telescopes out in search of new ones.
Readers must be wondering after reading this article, how has Americano Vespucci become controversial to historians? The journey of the traveler Amerigo began with controversy.
That debate was surrounded by a letter. According to historians and other contemporary historians, the expedition to Amerigo Vespucci started to in the year 1499.
About seven years later, Columbus discovered America. That year he reached the northern part of the South American region. Walking that area covered by dense forests, he encountered the Amazon, the world’s longest river.
But like Columbus, Amerigo wasn’t sure if it was a new land. He considered it as an undocumented part of India. That is why he mistakenly named one of the bay was “Gange bay”.
But through a mysterious letter, the world can know a different thing. The letter, signed by Amerigo Vespucci along with a senior Florence official, was posted in 1497.
It is reported that Amerigo Vespucci has raided several expeditions in the Bahamas and Central America that year. But historians know that Amerigo has not yet embarked on a journey.
According to the letter, 1497 was his first expedition. In 1499, he was out for a second campaign. If the latter is true, then Amerigo Vespucci was able to discover Venezuela one year before Columbus.
But experts have questioned the accuracy of the letter. According to many, the message is one of the greatest frauds of the immigrant era.
According to the source of the letter, many have even called Amerigo Vespucci a fraudulent explorer.
Extraordinary Amerigo out of the debate.
If we exclude this controversial letter from Amerigo’s life, we will discover a new Amerigo. Turning from a business person to a visionary explorer, Amerigo is on the verge of innovation.
During the expedition, he sailed under a sailor named Alanjo de Odisha and flew the Spanish flag. After moving to present-day Guyana, he left the rest of the way alone. In his first expedition, he discovered a river.
A dark continent was dormant in the forest of the great flood that was found by the Amerigo Vespucci. That historic river is the present “Amazon”.
His second expedition began on March 14, 1501. But on that expedition, he flew the Portuguese flag. It was the most successful expedition to Amerigo’s life.
On that expedition, he discovered two rivers, namely Rio de Janeiro and Rio de la Plata. Interestingly, he still believed that this land was an undocumented part of India.
However, he soon broke his mistake. He understood that this was not India;
Instead, a new continent was behind the scene. And he was the inventor of that continent.
Can you ask how he understood his mistake?
From the pages of history, he had detailed knowledge of the star’s position in the sky. Considering the star’s place, he could determine the location of the ship. While in the new terrain, he noted that the star of the sky is different from that of India.
To prove his suspicions, he traveled 400 miles south to discover a new island, which was contrary to map calculation. Thus, he realized his mistake.
He wandered his new terrain and tried to talk to the locals. In the course of its events, he encountered various thrilling experiences.
He later shared his experience with friends in Europe through letters. These papers, which were based on the culture, social order, the lifestyle of the locals, were subsequently translated into various European countries.
America from Amerigo.
Amigo Vespucci was not the first inventor of the continent of America. Before that, several travelers, including Columbus, made their way to the United States.
But the main reason behind the name of the continent being America, not ‘Columbiana’, was that Amigo was the first explorer to claim the newly discovered land as a continent.
In 1507, a scholar at the French Library discovered a map book called ‘Cosmography Introduction’ in France. Each of these pages featured maps of different parts of the earth in a very delicate way.
These included Columbus’s & Amerigo’s, the new continent of America. The main design of the book, Martin Valdjimular, included the southern part of the new continent called ‘America’.
The word America is essentially a feminine word of Amigo. He argued that due respect was given to the inventor.
A decade after this incident, a mapmaker named Markator used the word America in his design for both the north and the south.
Moreover, there is a beautiful resonance between the word America, which became very common among researchers. Gradually, the range of the name “America” increased.
It once swallowed the name of the area discovered by Columbus from the southern continent. Thus, Amerigo Vespucci won with Columbus.
He later campaigned for the United States twice more, but unfortunately failed to discover anything new. For this reason, there is little to be said about the expedition of his last life.
In recognition of his contribution, Spain was granted honorary citizenship by the Spanish royal family in 1505. Three years later, he was honored with the title of ‘Pilot Major’.
It was the responsibility of a pilot major to spend his expeditionary experience for the benefit of the monarchy. Amerigo Vespucci has steadfastly served in this position.
But once the outbreak of malaria began in the city of Seville. Amerigo himself went to bed with a fever. In the end, he has to pay for sickness. On February 22, 1512, this remarkable adventurer died.
He was buried in Florence, his birthplace. At the end of this is the life story of a well-known inventor.