News Display: Magellan Sets Out
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 09/04/2012
Uploaded: 09/21/2012
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Pockets: Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, News Displays
Tags: Discovery, exploration, Magellan, Spice Islands

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Description/Abstract: News Display: Magellan Sets Out, Thursday, 9/20

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain on September 20, 1519 in search of a western sea route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. He traveled from West Africa to Brazil, and he continued with his fleet along the southern tip of South America before discovering a passage which would take 38 difficult days to navigate. The treacherous passage became known as the Magellan Strait, and Magellan and his men went on to cross the calmer Pacific, landing in Guam. They journeyed on to the island of Cebu and Mactan, where, in combat with a neighboring tribe, Magellan died of a poisoned arrow.

News will highlight the history of Magellan's voyage with relevance to the teaching of geography and the social studies.