(DISSIDENT VOICE) – North, Central, and South America were named after Amerigo Vespucci. In "Letter to Lorenzo de' Medici,"1 Amerigo Vespucci describes the New World. Lorenzo de' Medici is a member of the Medici family, a stupendously wealthy family of bankers and importers, who ruled the city of Florence, Italy for most of the 1400s. The Medici family's patronage of the arts promoted the Renaissance by sponsoring many of the most significant artistic achievements. They also gave financial loans to the Church. Moreover, in 1513, another Medici, Giovanni de' Medici, became Pope Leo X, which shows how influential and powerful this family was.2
Amerigo Vespucci referred to Lorenzo de' Medici as "Your Excellency." He told Lorenzo how he and his crew in the Americas discovered "a very large village, the houses of which were built over the sea, like Venice with much ingenuity. While we were struck with admiration at this circumstance, we determined to go see them; and as we went to their houses, they attempted to prevent our entering. They found out at last the manner in which the sword cuts, and thought it best to let us enter." The document also mentions that after entering, Amerigo Vespucci and his crew took a great quantity of cotton and dye-wood and returned to the ships.3 Apparently their religious motto of "do unto others, as you would have them do unto you" does not apply when the others are considered to be subhuman savages.