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9/8/1522     Pigafetta and Magellan's Voyage
On this day in 1522 Captain Sebastian del Cano returned to Spain, completing Magellan's first circumnavigation of the earth. Of the five ships and approximately 270 men who set out, only one ship and seventeen men returned. Among the survivors was Antonio Pigafetta, an Italian tourist destined to make a major contribution to the genre of travel literature.
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Magellan's Voyage: A Narrative of the First Circumnavigation
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Eye Witness to History: The Death of Magellan, 1521
Find a short biography of Ferdinand Magellan, and an excerpt from Pigafetta's diary on how he died in the Philippines:

"When the natives saw that we were shooting our muskets to no purpose, crying out they determined to stand firm, but they redoubled their shouts. When our muskets were discharged, the natives would never stand still, but leaped hither and thither, covering themselves with their shields. They shot so many arrows at us and hurled so many bamboo spears (some of them tipped with iron) at the captain-general, besides pointed stakes hardened with fire, stones, and mud, that we could scarcely defend ourselves...."
The Mariner's Museum Presents "The Age of Exploration On-line Curriculum Guide"
Find a timeline of events, and biographies and historical accounts of explorers and their accomplishments. Includes articles on the feats of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Phoenicians, the Vikings, Vasco Da Gama and other Portuguese explorers, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinant Magellan, John and Sebastian Cabot, Francis Drake, Jacques Cartier, Henry Hudson, and James Cook. A useful resource for students and teachers.
The Voyage of Magellan
Find John Fiske's 1892 account of the first circumnavigation of the globe, based on Pigafetta's journals.

"The voyage thus ended was doubtless the greatest feat of navigation that has ever been performed, and nothing can be imagined that would surpass it except a journey to some other planet. It has not the unique historic position of the first voyage of Columbus, which brought together two streams of human life that had been disjoined since the glacial period. But as an achievement in ocean navigation that voyage of Columbus sinks into insignificance by the side of it; and when the earth was a second time encompassed by the greatest English sailor of his age, the advance in knowledge, as well as the different route chosen, had much reduced the difficulty of the performance. When we consider the frailness of the ships, the immeasurable extent of the unknown, the mutinies that were prevented or quelled, and the hardships that were endured, we can have no hesitation in speaking of Magellan as the prince of navigators. Nor can we ever fail to admire the simplicity and purity of that devoted life, in which there is nothing that seeks to be hidden or explained away."
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