Imagine if Italian nations had seized these opportunities. The New World was full of opprutunities, that being one of the reason that settlement began. What would the effect on the World Map be? How would this infulance the actions of other nations? Would would the Italian cultural presence be in the New World? That is what Italian Colonial America will explore.
Point of Divergence
In our timeline in 1608 Fernando I of Tuscany commissioned an expedition of English explorer Robert Thornton to South America hoping to establish a Tuscan Colony. Thornton explored the Guiana region, scouting out a place near modern day Cayenne for a colony. After Thornton returned back to Tuscany, he discovered Fernando was dead having died on February 16, 1609. Thornton then proceeded to gather settlers from Livorno and Lucca with plans to embark in the summer of 1609, until Cosimo II of Tuscany, Fernando's son scrapped the expedition. In this timeline Fernando survives placing more of an emphasis on colonialism.