Excerpt from Vespucci Reprints, Texts and Studies, Vol. 5: The Mundus Novus; Letter to Lorenzo Pietro Di Medici
On a former occasion I wrote to you at some length concerning my return from those new regions which we found and explored with the ﬂeet, at the cost, and by the command of this Most Serene King of Portugal. And these we may rightly call a new world. Because our an cestors had no knowledge of. Them, and it will be a matter wholly new to all those who hear about them. For this transcends the view held by our ancients, inasmuch as most of them hold that there is no continent to the south beyond the equator, but only the sea which they named the Atlantic; and if some of them did aver that a continent there was, they denied with abundant argument that it was a habitable land. But that this their Opinion is false and utterly opposed to the truth, this my last voyage has made manifest; for in those southern parts I have found a continent more densely peopled and abounding in animals than our Europe or Asia or Africa, and, in addition, a climate milder and more delightful than in any other region known to us, as you Shall learn in the following account wherein we Shall set succinctly down only capital matters and the things more worthy of com ment and memory seen or heard by me in this new world, as will appear below.
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