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In the early 1500s almost four and a half centuries before men first orbited the earth an expedition completed and led by Ferdinand Magellan performed a task of comparable significance for that time period Magellan a Portuguese navigator for Spain sailed westward with a fleet of five ships from the port of Sanlucar de Barrameda in September 1519 Nearly three years later one ship returned having circumnavigated the globe and crossed its largest oceanA Philippine battle is where Magellan died and only left his crew to tell about the voyage Maximilian of Transylvania a native of Brussels was present when the only one of Magellans ships reached Sanlucar Maximilian assisted with the interrogations of the expedition survivors Besides taking part in the official interviews he questioned the returned mariners quickly digested their accounts and then rushed to get his letter off to Cardinal-Archbishop Lang of Salzburg who was also his father Initially Maximilian wrote the letter to practice his Latin and enhance his own fame The document is important not only for the valuable information it contains but also because it was the first account released to the European public of the great voyage Maximilian was the secretary to Charles V and made a lifelong study of overseas affairs He is credited with having made a terrestrial globe surpassing all others of the time and which the precision of the map was proved by Magellan His letter is undeniably one of the most valuable sources of information about the Magellan voyage In fact it was the only printed account of the expedition for some timeMagellans voyage set sail on the 10th of August 1519 with five ships from Seville Spain Three moths later Maximilian tells how Magellans crew was forced to seek shelter for the winter at Port San Julian which is on the eastern coast of South America In September 1520 he again sets sail after loosing one vessel to a storm One month
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