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Magellan Ferdinand Most fearsome of all the man who would destroy the very world the cartographers had drowned In his time by his compatriot and his own king they treated him as renegade and transfuga but now in Lisbon they proudly say his ours One or certainly most important explorer in history was a faithful man trough which modesty arose Fact that his Spanish sponsors never shared his sense of mission he found reason for them like putting boundaries but he really wanted to circumnavigate globe going westward Compared to Columbuss voyage of 8000 miles Magellans was 42000 miles and 22000 of it in unknown waters That was achievement without parallel Only few voyages have been fulfilled with so much intrigue treachery murder mutiny starvation and death in history of sailing only one out of fleet of five ships managed to complete journey only 16 man out of 265 of them If there were not of clandestine diary kept by Antonio Pigafetta Venetian nobleman the record and appreciations would be quite different Mutineers deserters and jealous officers that were eager to usurp Magellans would have won if the diarist Pigafetta didnt survived all mayhem and stayed within survivors to tell the truth about Magellans achievement From the time when Columbus had his voyage Magellan had visions about his own voyage someday Under the Portuguese viceroy in India he learned seamanship and naval warfare Hi took part in 1509 battle of Die witch gave Portugese supremacy over Indocean During all of his naval assignments Magellan had only one dream to sail around the world by going west of Europe Because his personal dislikement with Portuguese king Dom Miguel help for his adventure did not came from his native nation he got help from king of Spain King Charles of Spain approved to Magellan his voyage to mark boundaries of Spain in pacific Magellans fleet consisted from five ships San Antonio Santiago Trinidad
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