Amerigo Vespucci by Maclain Whisker

Amerigo Vespucci by Maclain Whisker

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  •  On May 10, 1497, Vespucci embarked on his first journey, departing from Cadiz with a fleet of Spanish ships.
  • In May of 1499 Vespucci set sail again. During this journey Vespucci is said to have discovered the Amazon River and Cape St. Augustine.
  • On May 14, 1501, Vespucci departed on another trans-Atlantic journey. He decided to start recording his accomplishments, writing that accounts of his voyages would allow him to leave "some fame behind me after I die."
  •  On June 10, 1503, he began sailing again under the Portuguese flag. Vespucci discovered  Bahia and the island of South Georgia.
  • Amerigo Vespucci developed a method for determining longitude.
  • Vespucci also helped to figure out the size of the earth; he calculated the length of the equator to within 50 miles of its true size.
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