Aboard the Amerigo Vespucci

Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci is best known for his namesake: the continents of North and South America. Vespucci was the first person to recognize North and South America as distinct continents that were previously unknown to Europeans, Asians and Africans. Prior to Vespucci’s discovery, explorers, including Columbus, had assumed that the New World was part of Asia. Vespucci made his discovery while sailing near the tip of South America in 1501.  The CASIT visits an historical recreation of the boat during our Summer activities.