He searched the RÍo de la Plata, a large estuary south of Brazil, for a way through; failing, he continued south along the coast of Patagonia. How 260 men set out from Seville in September 1519 to find a new route to the Spice Islands, and how a mere 18 returned having completed the first circumnavigation of the globe after nearly 60,000 miles and three years is an epic story that has found a worthy author. Some people can do non-linear well; this author did not. The lesson was unmistakable: the only thing worse than the misery of obeying Magellan, and freezing or sailing into storms or even over the edge of the world as some crew members still believed possible, despite a round earth being accepted among navigators , was disobeying him. Magellan's navigational skills have also been acknowledged in the naming of objects associated with the stars, including the , now known to be two nearby ; the twin lunar craters of and ; and the. En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean.
But it wasn't always the most attention grabbing story. On 28 November, the three remaining ships entered the South Pacific. The grandson of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who had funded Columbus' expedition to the New World in 1492, received Magellan's petition with the same favor shown by his grandparents. My imagination became a foundation upon which my life rested. Also, I am very impressed with this author, Laurence Bergreen. Though Magellan is often credited with the first circumnavigation on the globe, he did so on a technicality: He first made a trip from Europe to the Spice Islands, eastward via the Indian Ocean, and then later made his famous westward voyage that brought him to the Philippines.
At the age of 12, Magellan became a page to Queen Leanor at the royal court. King ordered a Portuguese naval detachment to pursue Magellan, but the explorer evaded them. . The voyage followed the North Atlantic Ocean, Equator, South Atlantic Ocean, Southern Ocean, South Atlantic Ocean, Equator, North Atlantic Ocean route in an easterly direction. Magellan commanded the lead ship Trinidad and was accompanied by four other ships: the San Antonio, the Conception, the Victoria, and the Santiago. In the early days of the navigation of the strait, the crew of the San Antonio forced its captain to desert, and the ship turned and fled across the Atlantic Ocean back to Spain.
It was because of his life, decisions, and influence that England became a large naval power, with largest contribution of that being the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The 2 remaining ships tried to return home but Trinidad started taking on water. Getting to the actual voyage takes some time, but once you on the ship, Bergreen does a good job of making you feel like one of the crew members. Two of them returned overland to inform Magellan of what had happened, and to bring rescue to their comrades. This is an account of hardship, disease, torture, murder, betrayal, but it is also a vivid tale of discovery and observation of previously unknown places, people and things. He is known for being an activist of civil rights for Latinos, rights for farm workers, and also for animal rights. The one remaining ship, the Victoria, arrived back in Spain in September of 1522.
Milton Meltzer was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and was educated at Columbia University. Warner Brothers is developing a feature film based on this book starring Matt Damon and written by William Monahan Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning biographer, historian, and chronicler of exploration. Different explanations have been given as to why Bottlenose Dolphins engage in this behavior. The result of his voyage was tragic for everyone but Spain, in the long run. Magellan died in a battle with natives in the Philippines on April 27, 1521. I had long known Magellan didn't complete the voyage--he was killed in the Phillipine Islands, but I didn't know the circumstances.
With these artists a cult of genius began in the Renaissance. She must have worked it for hours at her foot-pedal sewing machine and at Grandpa Mike's workbench. Bergeen relies primarily on the diaries of the wonderfully named Italian chronicleer Pigafetta, a supernumerary and Magellan loyalist during one or two mutinies and the subsequent inquiries upon the voyage's return to Seville. The one surviving ship returned to Spain on Septem … ber 6, 1522, under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano. He has taught at the New School for Social Research and served as Assistant to the President of the Museum of Television and Radio in New York.
Bergeen is handed the narrative gift of a voyage and he follows it from A to Z. What can I say, I was a gentle soul. Even though some deaths were accidental, most were done intentionally. Yahoo, Magellan, AltaVista, Infoseek, Lycos, Bigfoot… The single, most frequent piece of search advice for using Web search engines is to always search more than one engine to answer your question. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer. Buying this book helps spread literacy in Southern Ontario. At points I wish the author had been more nuanced in his approach of the topic, a little less broad.
November, 1521 - they reached the Spice Islands. For whatever reason this tale was glossed over, I'm glad that I've finally learned the truth. Archived from on 7 March 2010. February, 1521 - they again reached the equator. He was Portuguese for most of his life until he decided to become Spanish. Ferdinand Magellan was an explorer from Portugal who helped planand execute the first boat trip all the way around the Earth.