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Amerigo: The Man Who Gave His Name to America
 
 
Author
Felipe Fernandez-Armesto.
Publisher Key Porter  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781552638927
Pages/Publication Date 231/2007
Daedalus Item Code 00534
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April 25, 2007, marked the 500th anniversary of an extraordinary event: the naming of America. The story of how it happened is a murky tale of intrepid seafarers and failed business ventures, naive scientists and greedy publishers, mendacity and spin. Above all, it is the fascinating tale of Amerigo Vespucci, a small-time Florentine trader with a talent for self-promotion who reinvented himself as explorer and stargazer, and whose reputation has since become entangled in webs of myth. Felipe Fernández-Armesto's eminently readable book carefully disentangles these webs to show the part Vespucci actually played in the story.
 
 
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