Amerigo Vespucci Essay

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Ian Robinson 9/25/14 Block 4 Amerigo Vespucci was born in Florence, Italy during the year of 1454. He has become so well known for his exploration. The most famous discovery of his caused a great leap in worldly knowledge for all European peoples. That discovery was that the land first discovered by Columbus was not Asia, but a new world that had never been explored by Europeans. This discovery is what has made Amerigo Vespucci become seen as a major contributor in the Age of Exploration. His death occurred in 1512. In his childhood, Amerigo Vespucci came from a wealthy family. His father was a notary that worked in the city of Florence. Also, his parents had connections to the powerful Medici family, which would come into play later in his life. During his childhood, Vespucci was educated by his uncle, Fra Giorgio Antonio Vespucci. Although he had no interest in business as a child, his father pressured him into becoming a businessman. Vespucci gave in to his father’s and went into business during his early 20s. Vespucci’s first, real business venture was brought upon him by his uncle, Guido Antonio Vespucci, whom was ambassador of Florence under King Louis XI of France. His uncle sent him on a diplomatic mission to Paris. Some historians believe that this is what actually sparked Vespucci’s interest in exploration. Later, Vespucci left Florence to work at a bank in Spain. The bank at which he worked also had ties to the Medici family. Through his job and connections to the Medici family, he learned of the explorations being funded by Spain and Portugal. One of the more important things that he learned during this time was that explorers have been trying to find a passage to Asia by sailing northwest. This came to be known as the Northwest Passage. After learning of the search for a northwest passage, Vespucci began immersing himself further into

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