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The planet we live on seems such a small place now, a
little pinprick in the vast abyss of the universe. Distances on
earth seem practically insignificant when measured in astronomical
The planet we live on seems such a small place now, a little pinprick in the vast abyss of the universe. Distances on earth seem practically insignificant when measured in astronomical terms. And yet, even today, most of our magnificent planet still remains unexplored.
Lets go back a few years to circa 1480 when the world witnessed the birth of Ferdinand Magellan. The man who paved the way for civilization to truly assess the immensity of the land we occupied. Before Magellans expedition circumnavigated the globe no man had dared estimate the vast expanse of the globe. Magellan, who had Portuguese origins, was the first to charter a course towards the west in order to find a new route to the Spice Islands.
The basic need for a savory meal was all it took to fuel a voyage of this magnitude. Spices like clove, pepper, and nutmeg back then held the same value as does oil in todays economy. They had to have it. Only tropical regions possessed the luxury to grow these coveted goods. Ferdinand Magellan hoped to travel to such lands by going around the west instead of the more orthodox approach from the east. The funding for this was denied him by the royalty of Portugal. So adamant was the man that he willingly changed nationality to seek help from the Spanish. Spain and Portugal competed for head to head in exploration and acquisition of lands.
With four ships and a hefty crew of 270, Ferdinand Magellan headed out on one of the greatest and impactful voyages ever made. He had to deal with the repeated mutiny among his ranks as well as terrible weather. The expedition was assaulted by several typhoons and the sailors had to undergo great isolation, starvation as well as dreaded diseases. Magellan himself was killed by a poisoned arrow in one of the islands they docked at. It was only one ship that finally made it back to port, the crew reduced to just 18. This voyage not only contributed heavily to mans knowledge of geography but it completely slammed the flat earth theory that was propagated in the medieval times.