1497, 1499 or 1501? Historians not certain. He may have landed before Columbus and Cabot in Americas, but he was the best propagandist. Born in Italy, naturalized citizen of Spain 1505. First to realize Columbus did not discover Indies, but new continent. New World receives name America, feminine version of Amerigo. Met Columbus and his financiers. Leaves failing business for fame and discovery. First two voyages for Spain. Third voyage under Portugese flag. Studied indiginous people.