Ferdinand Magellan Essay

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“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” André Gide shows the struggle of exploration in this quote. He shows that in order to find and do new things you must be willing to let go off things that can hold you back. Ferdinand Magellan, a famous explorer, had lots of things in his life that could have been viable excuses for him to not accomplish things. Although he faced many obstacles, he was able to overcome these things and become one of the greatest explorers of the Renaissance.
Ferdinand Magellan was born in 1480 and lived until 1521. He was born in Sabrosa, Portugal to a family that had minor Portuguese nobility. When he was twelve years ...view middle of the document...

The problem was that there was no easy way to travel to the Spice Islands except by going around South Africa, which was a long and dangerous trip. This lead many European countries including Portugal and Spain to try to find a quicker route to the Spice Islands and try to be the first to control the trade there. Ferdinand Magellan wanted to be the one to find that route and quickly approached the King of Portugal to ask for his support for a trip to the Spice Islands by traveling westward. Unfortunately he was denied, and after being denied several time he decided to renounce his Portuguese nationality and move to Spain. After living in Spain for some time, getting married, and having a child, he asked the King of Spain for his support on a trip westward to the Spice Islands. To this, the king graciously accepted, giving him five ships, the Trinidad, San Antonio, Conception, Victoria, and the Santiago, along with 270 men.
On August 10, 1519 Magellan set off east toward the Spice Islands. A few months later, the ships reached South America and then traveled along the coast to find a way around the continent. Finally in 1520, the ships were able to find a strait that could take them across the continent of South America and he named it the Strait of Magellan. Although this may have seemed like a good thing, the strait proved to be very dangerous and lead to many crew members to mistrust their leader. This problem was temporarily ended by Magellan killing one of his rouge captains and leaving another one behind.
After a month of going through the Strait only three of Magellan’s ships were remaining. When they came out of the Strait, they were met by a huge sea that Ferdinand named the Pacific Ocean, or peaceful ocean. It...

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