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Ferdinand Magellan’s fleet sets sail

Posted in Adventure, Anniversary, Exploration on Saturday, 31 July 2010

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Ferdinand Magellan. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

10 August marks the anniversary of Ferdinand Magellan’s epic voyage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Setting sail in 1519, five ships began the voyage from Seville, Spain, crossed the Atlantic via Cape Verde and reached Cape Virgines at the tip of South America in October 1520. Using a course now known as the Strait of Magellan, he entered the Pacific in November and continued their voyage.

Magellan did not complete the voyage as he was killed in 1521 in the Philippines. With only two ships remaining, the crews sailed via the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa) back to Spain, arriving on 6 September 1522. Only 18 of the original crew survived the whole trip.

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Ferdinando Magellan’s fleet. Illustration by Severino Baraldi

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