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Which coined the term Novus Mundus (i.e. New World ): Christopher Columbus or Amerigo Vespucci?

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Answer: Amerigo Vespucci

The term America derives from the name Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) who made two trips to the New World as a navigator. In his published works, he put forward the idea that it was a new continent - a Novus Mundus, New World.

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