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The first circumnavigators : unsung heroes of the age of discovery

Author: Harry Kelsey
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. Harry Kelsey's masterfully researched study is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The author contends that these initial trans global voyages  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Fernão de Magalhães; Garcia Jofre de Loaisa; Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón; Ruy López de Villalobos; Miguel López de Legazpi; Francis Drake, Sir; Thomas Cavendish; Thomas Cavendish; Francis Drake, Sir; Garcia Jofre de Loaisa; Miguel López de Legazpi; Fernão de Magalhães; Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón; Ruy López de Villalobos
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harry Kelsey
ISBN: 9780300217780 0300217781
OCLC Number: 926820769
Description: xix, 214 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm
Contents: The voyage of Magellan --
The voyages of Loaisa and Saavedra --
The voyage of Villalobos --
The Voyage of Legazpi --
Following the leader --
Appendix. The circumnavigators.
Responsibility: Harry Kelsey.

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Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. Harry Kelsey's masterfully researched study is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The author contends that these initial trans global voyages occurred by chance, beginning with the launch of Magellan's armada in 1519, when the crews dispatched by the king of Spain to claim the Spice Islands in the western Pacific were forced to seek a longer way home, resulting in bitter confrontations with rival Portuguese. Kelsey's enthralling history, based on more than thirty years of research in European and American archives, offers fascinating stories of treachery, greed, murder, desertion, sickness, and starvation but also of courage, dogged persistence, leadership, and loyalty.

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