The American Continent by The Florentines

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AFlorence: Amerigo Vespucci and Giovanni da Verrazzano.
Amerigo Vespucci is the one that gave the name to the continent (America derives from Amerigo), but it was not a self claimed merit. Vespucci, indeed, always claimed that the merit was to be attributed to Columbus, his contemporary, but Waldseemuller, among others, named the continent after him.

Formerly a sailor by trade, Vespucci changed his vocation to explore the world, pushing his boundaries always a step further and discovering many new lands and island previously unknown to Europeans. Since he discovered these new lands he was also the one to give them a name. This ancient practice can arguably be defined quite arrogant and self-serving, but it was the way it went in those days. Vespucci had a love for discovery and cartography, not for exploitation. Had he known what his discoveries would have brought for the indigenous people, perhaps he would have acted differently.
So Amerigo’s explorations went on, and every bay, gulf, and island he met would be assigned a name of the saint of the day by the Catholic calendar of the time. That is how the Bay of All Saints was named, as it was discovered on November 1st. Venezuela, instead, was named after the Italian city of Venice (Venezia), for the many dwellings organized on stilts that characterized it. At that time even the Italian city had extensive areas with stilts.
His travels gave him the merit of Piloto Mayor in Spain and made him the supreme regulator of Atlantic cartography, up until his death in Sevillia in 1512 at 58 years of age.

Giovanni da Verrazzano was not a lesser explorer. Inflamed by the mythical adventures of Colombo and Vespucci, he decided to become a sea explorer after a short experience as a merchant.
His first adventure was on a journey to the discovery of the Passage to North-West, as then it was thought that there was a strip of land connecting Europe to the Americas. On his way North he met a bay where friendly people adorned with bird feathers came to the boat displaying a very festive countenance. The bay formed a large lake with an island in the middle. He named it the Santa Margherita Bay, but its name was changed twice since then, the last being the Bay of..New York!
Unfortunately Giovanni da Verrazzano always encountered such friendly hospitality, but in one occasion. In 1528 he landed on a small island and there he and his crew met the end of their explorations by the hand of cannibals.

So now you know it: there is an ideal piece of Florence and Tuscany all over the Americas!