How Florence Invented America: Vespucci, Verrazzano, & Mazzei and Their Contribution to the Conception of the New World

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Marsilio Publishers, 1998 - History - 158 pages
An entertaining historical account of the contributions three Florentines -- Amerigo Vespucci, Giovanni da Verrazzano, and Filipino Mazzei -- made to America's "discovery" and the democratic ideals which motivated our Revolution and formed the foundation of our republic. Masini and Gori have done painstaking research into what they first thought a mere fancy, namely that Florence was of fundamental importance to U.S. history, and have to their surprise and scholarly credit produced a compelling account justifying this assertion.

A Brief Summary: Vespucci and Verrazzano respectively supplied the geographic conceptualization and detailed surveys of the new continent. Mazzei, through his close association which Jefferson, was instrumental in introducing the concept of constitutional democracy to the young republic. While Vespucci and Verrazzano are representatives of the Renaissance and Mazzei of the Enlightenment they are all true sons of Florence. Florence Invented America is a captivating demonstration of this historical "coincidence."

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When I first picked this book up, i thought it would be a lot of puffery and braggadoccio, but it was actually quite interesting. It's about Amerigo Vespucci, Giovanni Verazzano and Filippo Mazzei. It ... Read full review

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