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Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe Paperback – Deckle Edge, November 2, 2004
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It is so eye-opening to finally read the real details behind those glittering generalities we learned in school, even university. And this author explains everything - before you ask. What were the times like in 1521? What spices? Where is it on the map? Why'd they do that? Why did the guns kill almost as many of them as the enemy? When did we finally understand scurvy and ascorbic acid?
I noticed: little island kingdoms will always offer allegiance to the country with latest boat full of cannons and gunpowder. It is quite natural to have a king, someone who gets a lot of bennies, but also a lot of friggin' headaches. Full cooperation is rare - cooperation is found at many different possible levels.
Magellan was amazing. His feat was not duplicated for a long while afterwards. As all characters in the book, he had his strengths and, like all of us, too, he also had his weaknesses. After doing so much so well for so long, he began to see himself as special and protected by God. He was killed almost single-handedly attacking a tribe of angry primatives in the Philippines (which he named for King Phillip of Spain - why they still keep that meaningless name is unknown to me).
Magellan and the Age of Discovery comes alive in this book - God, gold, glory!
Few of us know much more than that about Ferdinand, but the author here does a very good job telling the rest of the story. This is a tale of tangled command and mutiny, of extreme hardship and perseverance, of hubris and revenge, of curiosity and discovery, all facets of the story lines long forgotten but brought back with clarity here. Curious about one of the first ventures meant to establish world trade between Europe and the East? This book is a good place to start.
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