A Brief History of Circumnavigators

A Brief History of Circumnavigators

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qGoing round the worldq is an idea that has excited people ever since it was realized that the earth was a sphere. The appeal has something to do with encompassing all the known environment and exploring the unknown, not only on the surface of the planet but within the spirit of the explorer. The story of circumnavigation is thus a long saga of human adventure, travel and discovery. Beginning with the fateful day in 1521 when Ferdinand Magellan was speared to death on Mactan and Juan de Elcano took up the challenge of bringing his surviving companions home, the story continues through four centuries crammed with astonishing exploits by men and women of many nations. Some of the names that feature are well-known, others less so.And in 1876a€“7 he notched up another first when he completed a voyage round the world in Sunbeam. ... The owner himself insisted that his wife was the prime mover in the venture: a#39;The voyage would not have been undertaken, and assuredly it ... she dismissed it instantly. ... an expert on ships and shipbuilding, he valued the convenience of steam power and he seldom hung about waiting for a breeze.

Title:A Brief History of Circumnavigators
Author:Derek Wilson
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2013-08-22


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