How America Was Named

Amerigo_VespucciI recently came across a interesting book filled with obscure history about America. On occasion, I will feature some of that trivia on this site.

In 1507, the name “America” is given to a continent that in 250 years became home to the United States. The name was given in error. Martin Waldseemuller, a geographer, named the land in honor of Amerigo Vespucci. Waldseemuller, who had read letters by Vespucci, erroneously believed that Amerigo had discovered the continent.

Source: An Encyclopedia of American History in Chronological Order By Irving S. and Nell M. Kull.

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