1.- America was not named after AMERICO Vespucci. . .then after who? Why is it named America then?? Where is your evidence?
2.- Then the caribbean islands are part of what? A separate continent? They are not in the same landmass as North or South America, are they? Yet everybody knows they are part of the American continent, South American continent if it makes you more confortable. . .
If you read my post correctly, you will see that I said the continent was named America back in the 16th century i.e. 1500-1600. The first "discoverer" of South America, if we can call him that, was non other than Cristopher Columbus, who on his third trip to the American continent (1498-1500), set foot on what is now called Venezuela (who was named like that by suggestion of Vespucci, a few years later, after going into the Bay of Maracaibo and comparing it to Venice). Check in any source, and you will see. Pedro Alvarez Cabral, a portuguese sailor, discovered what we now know as Brazil in 1501.
Mr. Vespucci (who was his Italian name, but later changed to Vespucio after he became of Spanish nationality), made several voyages to the New World around the same time as Mr. Cabral, and it was him who realized, after arriving in Patagonia in 1501, close to the straight that would later be called the Magellan Straight in the southern tip of what is now Argentina and Chile, that Columbus had discovered a new continent, and baptised such new continent as the "Mundus Novus", or New World. Years after that, a german named Martin Waldseemüller suggested that the new continent be named America in honor of Mr. Vespucci, and reportedly made the first map of the New World with the name America in 1507. If you see the map, you will see a rough map of South America with the name America on it. The suggestion was obviously accepted.
Anyway, for the rest of you guys, I guess it makes really no difference how we call it. I agree that is better to difference North from South America, for whatever reasons, and because they are clearly distinguishable from each other in aspects additional to geographical differences, irrespective of historical facts. I wasn't meaning to start a controversy with all of this, so I'm sorry if I did, but I had to clarify some facts because some people "cannot believe the level of ignorance being shown here". Capt. Picard, I am not trying to offend you in any way. I'm just saying get your facts straight before you type something.