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Why is the word for "America" "Americano" in Italian? Isn't America derived from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer?

Why is the word for "America" "Americano" in Italian? Isn't America derived from Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian explorer?

H_S_Walrup

I think it is just "America," similar to English. "Americano" is a real word too, but it's an adjective, analogous to "American." Take a look here: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/America


FlamedFameFox87

ok, thanks!