Which Italian explorer was the namesake for America?
Answer: America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World. The first use of the name “America” was in 1507, when a new world map was created based on the explorations of Amerigo Vespucci. In 1507, America was named after him. Vespucci was the first person to recognize North and South America as distinct continents. When a second huge land mass was discovered to the north, the names North and South America were applied to the two continents.
Amerigo Vespucci (Italian pronunciation: [ameˈriːɡo vesˈputtʃi]; March 9, 1454 – February 22, 1512) was an Italian explorer, financier, navigator and cartographer who first demonstrated that Brazil and the West Indies did not represent Asia’s eastern outskirts as initially conjectured from Columbus’ voyages, but instead constituted an entirely separate landmass hitherto unknown to Old Worlders.