In Magellan’s Wake

What do we really know about Ferdinand Magellan? He likely didn’t plan to circumnavigate the globe due to fears of angering Portugal, who at the time had a treaty with Spain dividing the world in half between them. And, regardless of his intentions, the very moniker given to him as the man who circumnavigated the globe is a lie; he died two-thirds of the way in, on an islet in the Philippines, in a “stupid brawl” with a rebel warlord he’d severely underestimated. Read full article here

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