By Felipe Fernández-Armesto

In 1507, the cartographer Martin Waldseemuller released an international map with a brand new continent on it which he referred to as "America," after the explorer and navigator Amerigo Vespucci. The map used to be a beautiful good fortune and whilst Mercator`s 1538 international map prolonged the identify to the northern hemisphere of the continent, the recent identify was once safe. yet Waldseemuller quickly learned he had picked the inaccurate guy.

this can be the tale of ways one facet of the realm got here to be named no longer after its discoverer Christopher Columbus, yet after his buddy and rival Amerigo Vespucci. Born in Florence in 1454, Vespucci had spent his adolescence as a broker or agent for the good Medici kinfolk. Then in 1491, he his fellow Italian Columbus to Seville. In Seville, Vespucci persisted as a Florentine agent, but in addition helped Columbus get his ships prepared for his moment and 3rd voyages. even though Amerigo himself later sailed on at the least voyages of his personal and explored the coast of present-day Brazil, he excelled certainly at self-invention and self-promotion. He observed himself as an explorer and navigator of genius, and his vibrant commute writings offered far better than these of Columbus. He turned Pilot significant of Spain in 1508 and died in 1512.

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto brings this adventurous interval in global heritage to lifestyles with bright descriptions of the folk and occasions that formed North the US.

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"Amerigo Vespucci received his identify wear a number of continents in line with letters he may perhaps by no means have written. however, he quite was once a pimp, flimflam guy, diplomat, and company agent for the Medici." --Top 10 Biographies (US edition), <em>Booklist Magazine.</em>

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Sometimes there will be a very enthusiastic person who really enjoyed the show. When I leave, I’ll walk up to that person and shake their hand, because they were appreciative and because they’ll say, ‘You know what I did at the circus? ” Though his performance is finished, Khris’s work has just begun. Before he can remove his Captain Kirk outfit and settle down for a few minutes’ rest, the cats must be removed from the tent, quickly watered, and fully fed. The props crew must dismantle the cage, stack it in piles, and pull it away.

Who the hell are you? ” When I drove my camper onto the lot the Sunday evening before setup, I was greeted by the show’s official parking guru and grouch, Gene, a surly, swollen old-timer whom everyone on the circus called Hippo. With the physique of a bouncer and the charm of a tiger in heat, Hippo was the show’s twenty-four-hour man. He taped red arrows to road signs along the route every other night to guide the drivers, laid out the stake line on the new lot, and directed the trucks and trailers to their parking spots as they arrived throughout the night.

Was it the din? Was it the natural reaction, the inevitable sadness, of having a dream come true? As we reached the end of the parade, pausing slightly to let the train of ten elephants pass, I pulled the cart to a stop behind the tent and unloaded the king and queen to the ground. The girl was sniffing back her tears; her brother was peering into the tent. ” he asked. “You sure do,” I said. ” I lifted their hands in my slightly stained white gloves and led them back to their waiting mother. “Goodbye,” I called as they scampered to their seats.

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