Amerigo VespucciDied 22 Feb 1512 at age 60 (born 9 Mar 1451).Spanish astronomer whose name was given to the New World - America - because it was he and not Columbus, who realized and announced that Columbus had discovered a new continent.Also known as Americus Vespucius. Dates above from Ency. of World Bio. (Gale, 1998). Enc. Brit. gives years 1454-1512 only.