Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America by Felipe Fernández-Armesto

By Felipe Fernández-Armesto

In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released an international map with a brand new continent on it which he known as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map was once an exquisite good fortune and whilst Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the hot identify used to be safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly discovered he had picked the inaccurate guy.

this can be the tale of ways one aspect of the area got here to be named now not after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his good friend and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his formative years as a broker or agent for the good Medici relatives. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persevered as a Florentine agent, but in addition helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even though Amerigo himself later sailed on no less than voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled exceptionally at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant commute writings offered far better than these of Columbus. He grew to become Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in international heritage to existence with shiny descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the USA.

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"Amerigo Vespucci obtained his identify wear a number of continents in line with letters he may possibly by no means have written. however, he relatively used to be a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and enterprise agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>

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At school I daydreamed about a few of my female classmates and wondered what it would be like to kiss them. I soon learned. There were a number of birthday parties that year, and they often included the game of spin the bottle, in which one could (and sometimes did) end up kissing one of these fantasy girls. It was very exciting! The only disadvantage of knowing them better was that they sometimes shattered my vision of them as sweet, pure angels. ” As a little prude, I was shocked and repelled by this behavior.

Born on September 18, 1948, in Brooklyn, Debbie grew up to be blond, attractive, and—luckily for her—fluent in speech. As I was more than seven years her senior, I was often expected to play the role of a mature big brother, which included tolerating her occasionally irritating behavior and babysitting for her. Also, the substantial gap between our ages meant that during our childhoods we never became playmates or peers. These factors, coupled with some sibling rivalry and my own shyness, prevented us from being as close as we ideally might have been.

Once there, we would split up and see whom we met. Somehow or other, overcoming my shyness, I did manage to meet someone: a cute, dark-haired Italian-American girl. I even went so far as to ask her for her phone number—considered a major step in those 29 30 Brooklyn Boyhood, 1941–1958 days—and she, in turn, was willing enough to give it to me. For a while, I didn’t have the nerve to phone her and ask for a date. But, ultimately, I did and—at the age of sixteen—went out on a date for the first time.

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