Amerigo Vespucci traveled along the east coast of South America in 1499. The purpose of this voyage was, obviously, to explore new areas and to find new places to settle. Vespucci gave names to some places like the "Gulf of Ganges". Vespucci gave these names because he, like other explorers at the time, thought he was in Asia. In reality, Vespucci was in South America.