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Americus Vespucius, 1451-1512 Navigator; born in Florence, March 9, 1451. When Columbus was in Seville preparing for his second voyage, Vespucius was there as a commercial agent of the Medici family of Florence, and he became personally acquainted with the discoverer. That acquaintance Americus Vespucius. inspired the Florentine with an ardent desire to make a voyage to the newly found continent, and he was gratified when, in 1499, he sailed from Spain with Alonzo de Ojeda as an adventu
itle of this continent by fraud.
Vespucius died in Seville, Feb. 22, 1512.
His first voyage.
He started from Cadiz on May 10, 1497, and returned to that city on Oct. 15, 1498.
His letter to Pier Soderini, gonfalonier of the republic of Florence, is as follows:
After humble reverence and due commendations, etc. It may be that your Magnificence will be surprised by (this conjunction of) my rashness and your customary wisdom, in that I should so absurdly bestir mys