in 1507 European cartographers struggled to name the newly found lands of the Western Hemisphere. They settled on America, after Amerigo Vespucci, an obscure Florentine explorer. He was a contemporary, confidant, and rival of Columbus. He was a man of genuine achievement and chronicler of discovery. He had a legendery ablity to sell himself, that no doubt paid off in having a new continent named for him. New York, N.Y. 2007 Randon House Book Club Ed. 5 &1/2 x 8&1/2, 231 Pgs., HB
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