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The United States of America is a wonderful country, one that is a world power today. It had honorable beginnings, and has lasted for many years. It is a strong country and, might I add, has a good name as well! But how did it get that name?

It is named after Amerigo Vespucci. Vespucci was a sailor from Italy. Vespucci was involved in at least two expeditions to the Americas, which was then thought to be Asia, even by Christopher Columbus himself. Vespucci disagreed, and proved that the Americas were not part of Asia, as previously believed, but a continent, the New World.

Vespucci died in 1512, but his legacy lives on in a name. In 1507, even while Vespucci was still alive, the New World was already being called America in honor of Amerigo Vespucci. The first time I looked up Vespucci on Google, I got “America’s Best Sushi Land”.  I also have an idea why people called it America, after Amerigo’s first name. Some people probably got together, realized Amerigo Vespucci was responsible for realizing that this was a new land, and probably decided that naming it America would be better than naming it Vespucciland!

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