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The First Circumnavigators: Unsung Heroes of the Age of Discovery

Harry Kelsey


Prior histories of the first Spanish mariners to circumnavigate the globe in the sixteenth century have focused on Ferdinand Magellan and the other illustrious leaders of these daring expeditions. This book is the first to concentrate on the hitherto anonymous sailors, slaves, adventurers, and soldiers who manned the ships. The book contends that these initial transglobal voyages occurred by chance, beginning with the launch of Magellan's armada in 1519, when the crews dispatched by the king of Spain to claim the Spice Islands in the western Pacific were forced to seek a longer way home, resul ... More

Keywords: Spanish mariners, sailors, slaves, adventurers, soldiers, transglobal voyage, Ferdinand Magellan, armada, Spice Islands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300217780
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300217780.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Harry Kelsey, author
Huntington Library