DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Amerigo Vespucci (aged 57)
Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer
Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator, and cartographer born in the Republic of Florence. He became a naturalized citizen of the Crown of Castile in 1505.
Around 1502, Vespucci demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts, as initially conjectured from Columbus’ voyages, but constituted an entirely separate and unexplored land mass, colloquially referred to as the New World. It came to be termed “the Americas”, a name derived from Americus, the Latin version of Vespucci’s first name.
DEATH: He died on February 22, 1512 at his home in Seville, Spain.