America

America

America is one of the continents where eMM provides media coverage (see our coverage map).
Origin of the word “America”: some people say that the two Americas should be treated as two different continents, because both regions are so different. But: The land masses are connected – even if only by a narrow land bridge in the middle of the continent. The name America comes from the first name of the Italian Amerigo Vespucci. The discoverer of America, Christopher Columbus had even believed that he had circled the globe once and had arrived on the other side in India again. That’s why he called the natives Indians. Vespucci has recognized, however, that the country is not India, but a completely new, hitherto completely unknown part of the world. Although Amerigo Vespucci was a man, he named the country a female name, because all the other continents – ie EuropeAfrica and Asia – already had female names.