16th June 2020

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Who discovered South America?

The mapmaker, Martin Waldseemüller, named the New World "America," after the Italian Amerigo Vespucci, who had explored the coastline of South America and was the first to realize that it was a separate continent, not part of Asia. Columbus wasn't the first explorer to "discover" America.

Keeping this in consideration, why is America named after Vespucci?

America is named after Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian explorer who set forth the then revolutionary concept that the lands that Christopher Columbus sailed to in 1492 were part of a separate continent. He included on the map data gathered by Vespucci during his voyages of 1501-1502 to the New World.

Also, who is the most famous explorer in the world?

Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer, who is most famous for circumnavigating the globe.

What was America called in the 1600s?

American colonies. American colonies, also called thirteen colonies or colonial America, the 13 British colonies that were established during the 17th and early 18th centuries in what is now a part of the eastern United States.

Who actually discovered South America?

The mapmaker, Martin Waldseemüller, named the New World "America," after the Italian Amerigo Vespucci, who had explored the coastline of South America and was the first to realize that it was a separate continent, not part of Asia. Columbus wasn't the first explorer to "discover" America.
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