In 1507 a cartographer published a
map and a new feminine proper noun was born.
If he had chosen the masculine form, what would
the noun have been?
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America is named for
Amerigo Vespucci who made two trips to the New
World as a ship's navigator (the first one was in 1499).
In 1504 he published a letter in which he claimed
that Columbus had in fact discovered a new continent.
Note that like Europeans of his era, Vespucci used
the Latin version of his first name (Americus)
in formal writing.
In 1507, the
cartographer Martin Waldseemueller published a
map that designated the new world as America,
thereby coining the name.
He used the
feminine form of Vespucci's name because the names Europe and Asia were
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