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Does Brazil celebrate a holiday in honor of Amerigo Vespucci?

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Although Amerigo Vespucci was one of the first explorers to encounter present-day Brazil, the country celebrates no official holidays in his honor. Including Christmas and New Year's Day, Brazil has 13 nationally-observed holidays. It has 12 regional holidays.

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Does Brazil celebrate a holiday in honor of Amerigo Vespucci?
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Of the country's national holidays, a minority are secular. These include Independence Day and Proclamation of the Republic Day.

Amerigo Vespucci, having lived more than 3 centuries before the founding of Brazil, is not a key figure in the country's history. His chief contribution was to determine that the New World was not Asia, as formerly believed. As such, his first name was adapted and applied to the Americas.

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