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Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer was born in Florence, Italy in the
year of 1454. Florence was a good city to grow up in for young Amerigo, because
of the growing interest in the field of exploration. Some of the adults told
young Amerigo about the wonders and riches of the Indies. Like the other Italian
boys in his village, undoubtedly Amerigo was fascinated with by those tales.
Amerigo lived in the Ognissanti section of Florence with a lot of the
Vespucci family. The Vespucci family was pretty well off, so Amerigo thought
that he was in line for a lot of money after his father's passing, but his
brother Antonio was highly favored over the rest of the children. Most of the
Vespuccis living with Amerigo were merchants dealing in wine, olive oil, or wool.
Not all of the Vespuccis were merchants, a small percentage of the Vespuccis
were bankers. All of the family liked art and learning, poetry and music just
like the rest of the Florentines. The ruler of these interesting Florentines was
Lorenzo de' Medicior, who was also know as Lorenzo the Magnificant.
When Amerigo was older, but still a young man, his father Antastagio
Vespucci sent him to the Monestary of San Marco to study with his uncle Giorgio.
In his new school, Amerigo along with the other European boys learned Latin,
math, grammar, history, Italian and Greek Literature, geography and astronomy.
Amerigo learned to love astronomy, because he was fascinate
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