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30 April 2002 1204 BST
A Bristol custom's officer is being heralded as the man after whom America was named, in a new book.
|Richard Amerike provided funds and wood to build John Cabot's ship, The Matthew|
Rodney Broome says 'Amerike', as the continent was known in the 1500s, was not inspired by Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, as previously thought.
In 1486 he was made King's Customs' Officer and was encouraged by Henry VII to send his ships on voyages of discovery.
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