Celebration of the Patron Saint of America
CITY OF ALBANY, NEW YORK
WHEREAS: Amerigo Vespucci, has been named after Prince Emeric of Hungary, son of Saint Stephen, King, the first king of Hungary; and
WHEREAS: Amerigo or Saint Emeric, is known throughout Europe as the patron saint of youth, Vespucci’s great contribution was to tell Europe that the land Columbus had found was not Asia but a New World; and
WHEREAS: During his first voyage to the West Indies, after Columbus, he explored the northern coast of South America to well beyond the mouth of the Amazon and during his second trip he made the realization he was not looking at India, but a new continent; and
WHEREAS: In 1507, a German cartographer created a new map, naming the territory now known as South America in Vespucci’s honor, eventually expanding the name to north as well; and
WHEREAS: Professor Jonathan Cohen and Professor Dr. Sandor Balogh have spent years researching the life and history of Amerigo Vespucci; and
WHEREAS: Local Hungarian and Italian communities in the Capital Region will celebrate America’s first Feast Day in the name Saint Emeric.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathy M. Sheehan, Mayor of the City of Albany, New York, do hereby proclaim Wednesday, November 5, 2014, to be
“Amerigo Vespucci Day”
in the City of Albany, and ask residents to join me in recognizing Saint Emeric for his service.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Albany, New York to be affixed this 3rd day 0f November,2014.
Catherine M Sheehen
(Source: MVSZ Sajtószolgálat 8432/141104)