A brief response to a passage written by Amerigo Vespucci from "The English Literatures of Americ

A brief response to a passage written by Amerigo Vespucci from "The English Literatures of Americ

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Response to Amerigo’s Letter In selecting a text on which to write my response, I found that of Amerigo Vespucci to be most intriguing. Not initially because of the content itself, but rather because of its introduction, which proclaims it to offer “a remarkably evolved vision of the New World” (when compared to the other similar texts of his time). The introduction also relates the story of Dutch scholar and printer Martin Waldseemuller coining “Ameraca” after Amerigo’s name because of the profound impression the letter had on him. As do all of the passages from The English Literatures of America packet, Vespucci’s letter, despite its supposed ‘evolved’ vision, offers a very interesting picture of Europe as it was in and around the 16 th century. As a reader living in the 21 st century, these accounts are presented in stark contrast to the current mode of democratic thinking to which most Americans and Europeans prescribe. For example, it is clear in Vespucci’s opening that he feels the need to lavish the
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This note was uploaded on 10/15/2008 for the course HSS 2 taught by Professor Hannahwells during the Spring '07 term at Cooper Union.

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A brief response to a passage written by Amerigo Vespucci from "The English Literatures of Americ

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