Category: World Exploration

Magellan in Seville, Spain

Magellan had proposed to King Manuel of Portugal to sponsor an expedition to the fabled Spice Islands. The idea was rejected and ridiculed by the king and court advisors. Undaunted, Magellan asked permission from Manuel to take his leave and seek out another sovereign more amiable to his cause. The king waved his hand in …

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Magellan in Lisbon, Portugal

Fernando Magellan (Fernão Magalhães – Portuguese) and his brother Diogo were the sons of Rodrigo de Magalhães who had been appointed sheriff to the Port of Aveiro in the northwest coast of Portugal. Due to Rodrigo’s loyal service to King João II, the two young boys were allowed to study as pages at the royal …

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Magellan and the Patagonian Giants

Port St. Julian On September 20, 1519, Captain-General Ferdinand Magellan set sail from San Lucar, Spain with a five-vessel fleet to discover a route to the Spice Islands (the Moluccas). Magellan sailed southwest along the South American coastline. After departing Rio de Janeiro, they began to search for a strait which would lead them to …

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The Large Ships of Antiquity

by Larry Pierce.   Each generation produces a fresh crop of sceptics who are legends in their own minds. C. H. Spurgeon wryly said about such men in his day: ‘It is but the shallowness of his mind that permits him to see the bottom of his knowledge.’ 1 We should not be surprised that …

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Colossal Ancient Ships

ARCHAEOLOGY NEWSFLASH 301 brett, this news is from Jonathan Gray – www.beforeus.com I don’t know about you, but at school I found history – the way it was taught – rather boring. Mind you, I did like history – at least when at home, reading it for myself, enjoying the stories of peoples’ lives. Who …

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