Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe

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Harper Perennial, 2003 - Explorers - 456 pages
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The astonishing tale of the first sea voyage to circumnavigate the entire globe. Magellan's dramatic maritime expedition in 1519 discovered the straits that enabled Europe to trade with the Eastern spice islands and changed the course of history. In an era of intense commercial rivalry between Spain and Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese navigator sailed to explore the undiscovered parts of the world and claim them for the Spanish crown in one of the largest and best-equipped expeditions ever mounted in the Age of Discovery. Yet of the fleet of five vessels under his command, only Victoria was to return to Spain after three harrowing years, her captain murdered, more than two hundred of her sailors dead from scurvy, torture, execution and drowning, and a small, ravaged crew that survived to tell the extraordinarily dramatic story. What emerged was a tale of mutiny, of orgies on distant shores, of claims of cannibalism, of death and disease, of missionary zeal and base cruelty, and of incredible discoveries: the earth was indeed round, the Americas were not part of India, the earth was covered mainly by oceans, and a new route that allowed Europe access to the fantastic weal

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User Review  - VictoriaJZ - LibraryThing

Fascinating, well written and assembled from many sources [acknowledgements at the end give plenty of detail]. I enjoyed reading it quite a bit. Read full review

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User Review  - KamGeb - LibraryThing

It was very interesting book about Magellen. It gave a good sense of what the voyage was really like. There were some really interesting facts in the book. I wouldn't reread this book however. Read full review

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Laurence Bergreen is the author of the highly acclaimed biographies Capone: The Man and his Era, As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, James Agee: A Life and Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life. His most recent book is the story of NASA's quest For Mars.

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