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The Vittoria completes the first circumnavigation of the world

Posted in Anniversary, Exploration, Travel on Friday, 27 August 2010

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picture, Ferdinand Magellan's fleet receives news that a passage to the Pacific has been found

Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet receives news that a passage to the Pacific has been found. Illustration by Oliver Frey

6 September marks the anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the globe in 1522. The five-strong fleet of ships commanded by Ferdinand Magellan had set out from Spain in 1519 in order to find a route west to Asia. Only three found their way to the Pacific, via what is now known as the Strait of Magellan. Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines and one of the ships was abandoned. The last two ships headed west but the Trinidad began taking on water, leaving the Vittoria (Victory) to continue the journey.

Only 18 of the original 265 crew survived the voyage.

More pictures relating to Ferdinand Magellan can be found here. Many more images relating to the circumnavigation of the globe can be found at the Look and Learn picture library.

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