How America Got Its Name

A third of planet Earth is named for Amerigo Vespucci. But why? Forget what you learned about a noble map-maker. Amerigo’s fame came from writing about the New World exactly as Europeans wanted to believe – hot naked girls, cannibals, dragons, pygmies, and an island of giant women.

From This American Life, here’s the story.



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