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Magellan's route, 16th century map

Magellan's route, 16th century map

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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, GEOGRAPHY AND MAP DIVISION / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Magellan's route around the world, in a 1544 copy of the Agnese Atlas. Magellan's route is shown as a dark line. Ferdinand Magellan (c.1480-1521) set sail from Seville, Spain, in August 1519 with five ships. He sailed south and west around the tip of South America and then sailed for 100 days across the Pacific. Magellan died in the Philippines, and only a single ship completed the circumnavigation, returning to Spain in September 1522. The lighter line shows a route across the Atlantic from Spain to Central America and then to Peru. Twelve wind cherubs are also shown. This atlas was produced in Venice by Italian mapmaker Battista Agnese. The US Library of Congress acquired this edition in 1943.

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