“Those new regions [America] which we found and explored with the fleet . . . we may rightly call a New World . . . a continent more densely peopled and abounding in animals than our Europe or Asia or Africa; and, in addition, a climate milder than in any other region known to us.”
Amerigo Vespucci is an Italian merchant, explorer, and navigator from the Republic of Florence. Vepucci was born March 9, 1454 in Florence Italy. He died February 22, 1512 in Seville, Spain. The United States of America is named after him because he set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent.