Broadcast: January 2, 1940
Added: Oct 14 2013
Who first discovered America, was it Columbus,was it John Cabot or was it Amerigo Vespucci? It was certainly named for Amerigo Vespucci and that fact ought to have something to do with the answer. One of the first lessons of history is this, that few things are either as simple or certain as they sometimes seem to be. If we could go back to the closing years of the fifteenth century we could see the answer for ourselves. This story takes you back to the 9th March 1451 and begins in Florence Italy with the birth of Amerigo who was to become a great traveler and explorer.