204469760 65c74fe84c z Fernando de Magallanes and the first circumnavigation of the globe

From time to time we like to take a look back in time and remember historical feats of great adventurers of the past. We have already spoken about the norwegians Fridtjof Nansen and Roald Amundsen, and the Spanish Francisco de Orellana

The great adventurer to whom we honor this evening is Fernando de Magallanes, who led the first circumnavigation of the globe. Why have we chosen this Portuguese adventurer today? Because on such a day as today, August 10, 1519, he announced in Seville that he was about to sail around the world by boat.

Although Magallanes is Portuguese, his great successes were managed to the service of the king of Spain. Among its main merits is the discovery of the Strait of Magellan, as it was the first European to have crossed from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

However, his greatest audacity was the attempt to circumnavigate the Earth, a feat that cost his life and which theSpanish sailor Juan Sebastián El Cano ended three years after their departure.

As you can imagine, such a long and innovative journey was not free of difficulties. In fact, only one of the five ships that left San Lúcar de Barrameda managed to circumnavigate the globe, and did so with only 18 men on their return to Spain.

Among the most outstanding dangers was crossing from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the riots that would suffer in those waters. Despite this, they managed to cross the Strait of Magellan. Then they would not find solid ground in three months, which made famine and scurvy harass their crew to the point that large coins were paid for a simple rat to munch. The water rotted, scurvy appeared, and men ate even soft leather and sawdust.

Later, Magellan died in the so-called Battle of Mactan with a Cebu tribe led by the tribal chief Lapu-Lapu on the Philippine island of Mactan, so that Juan Sebastián Elcano took command of the expedition and achieved the glory that was denied to Magellan.

We are passionate about these film-like lives and that is why we want to offer from here our little tribute to Fernando de Magallanes and the first circumnavigation of the globe.

 

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