Episode #20 – Who Was the First Person to Sail Around the World? (Part II)

There are few expeditions from the so-called “age of discovery” as harrowing as Ferdinand Magellan’s attempted circumnavigation of the globe. The journey was plagued by storms, scurvy, starvation, and mutiny. By the time the expedition was over only one leaky boat and 18 traumatized sailors managed to make their way back to Spain. What became of the man who has so often been celebrated as the first person to sail around the world? Tune in and find out how blood filled goblets, vengeful slaves, and Quentin Tarantino all play a role in the story.

Works Cited

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Mandeville, Jean De, and Charles William Reuben Dutton Moseley. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville. London: Penguin . Penguin Classics, 2005. Print.

Pigafetta, Antonio. Magellan’s Voyage around the World. Cleveland: A.H. Clark, 1906. Print.

Quirino, Carlos, “The First Man Around the World Was a Filipino” In: Philippines Free Press, 28 December 1991.

Torodash, Martin. “Magellan Historiography.” The Hispanic American Historical Review 51.2 (1971): 313. Print.

Zweig, Stefan. Conqueror of the Seas: The Story of Magellan. Bronx, NY: Ishi International, 2010. Print.