February 13, 2021

Ferdinand Magellan Voyages of Discovery - Circumnavigation Part 2/4


Part 2 of "Ferdinand Magellan Voyages of Discovery" follows the armada down the South American coast for three months to a bay Magellan named Puerto San Julian, where in March 1520 they stopped for the winter.

Here, low morale and conspiracy among Castilian captains led to a mutiny, Magellan punished its leaders, and the fleet made contact with "the Patagonian giants,"  likely Tehuelches, an indigenous people in the region.

This segment includes excellent footage aboard the modern-day replica of Nao Victoria. It offers a fair idea of how uncomfortable a voyage Magellan's crew had.

The handful that completed the journey had spent three years living aboard this and the other ships of the armada. 

 


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