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Isabel Soler

Magallanes & Co.

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488 pages

Biographies and memoirs, Essay

Original Title: Magallanes & Co.

This book tells the story of the most spectacular of maritime feats, the first circumnavigation of the globe by an expedition which, led by Ferdinand Magellan, set sail from Sanlucar de Barrameda in September 1519 and returned to Spain three years later, successful but tragically diminished. Although this extraordinary achievement changed forever the Imago Mundi that had dominated western thought for centuries, it was also full of contradictions that have frequently been ignored in official accounts. In Magallanes & Co., Isabel Soler draws on the testimonies of seafarers, adventurers, and merchants, as well as other numerous sources on the Moluccan enterprise, to construct a vivid, exhaustive record of Magellan’s voyage, as well as of the eight years—essential for his later endeavour—when, as a young man, he had been enlisted in the fleet of the first viceroy of Portuguese India. Told by a leading specialist, this vibrant story will transport the reader back to the age of great voyages and discoveries.

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