Martin Waldseemuller, a German carographer, was one of the first to believe that Amerigo Vespucci was the first European to reach the mainland of the "New World."
Amerigo Vespucci (March 9, 1454 - February 22, 1512) was an Italian merchant, explorer, and cartographer.
Amerigo Vespucci was born on March 9, 1454, in Florence, Italy as the third child of a respected family.
A Latin translation was published by the German Martin Waldseemьller in 1507 in Cosmographiae Introductio, a book on cosmography and geography, as Quattuor Americi Vespuccij navigationes ("Four Voyages of Amerigo Vespucci").
When thinking of Amerigo Vespucci, most think of his first name, which first appeared on Martin Waldseemьller's world map in 1507, as the name of the new continent, "America."