World history

World history

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  • Fearlessness 
  • Navigational Skills 
  • Dedication to the Task 
  • "Magellan then ... pierced the Indian's breast with his lance, and left it in his body, and trying to draw his sword he was unable to draw it more then half way, on account of a javelin wound he received in the right arm. The enemies seeing this all rushed against him, and one of them with a great sword...."   (text from the Journal of Antonio Pigfetta, 1520; illustration from Archive Photo/Getty) 
  • "Magellan even relied on the taste of seawater to guild the fleet. As the water became fresher, he knew he was traveling inland, and once it turned salty, he realized he was approaching the Pacific on the western side of the strait." (Laurence Bergreen, Over the Edge of the World, Harper Collins, 2003. Map created from various sources) 
  • "..where we remained three months and twenty days without taking in provisions or other refreshments, and we only ate old biscuit reduced to powder, and full of grubs, and stinking from the dirt the rats had made on is when eating the good biscuit, and we drank water that was yellow and thinking. We also ate the ox hides...." (from the journal of Antonio Pigfetta, 1520)
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