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Was Magellan Worth Defending? Essay

891 words - 4 pages

Was Magellan Worth Defending?


A man suffering attack under foreigners. A crew of men willingly watching their captains death. Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who was the captain of a fleet granted by spain in the year of 1519. Magellan took his fleet on a journey to circumnavigate the world on a mission to find a new trade route to The Spice Islands and by doing so he proved the world was round. Magellan was a skilled navigator and captain but his barbaric acts toward the Filipinos caused his crew to question if he was worth protecting at his death. Magellan was not worth defending because he was cruel, unprepared, and he put the crew in danger.

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If Magellan stopped at South America to at least get some fresh water the crew would be healthier and maybe he wouldn’t have been hated as much. The food conditions in November 1520 consisted of dried out powder biscuits full of grubs, yellow foul smelling water, and hard ox hides (Doc’s A&D). It is understandable that full course meals could not be transported on a journey to circumnavigate the world, but Magellan could have done a better job preserving the food and ensuring there would be enough food for everyone. On top of Magellan being unprepared food wise he was also unprepared in his duty because of a mutiny that occurred in April 1520. The San Antonio, one of five of Magellan’s ships, planned a rebellious act and abbonded the journey returning to Spain. With the San Antonio gone the mission slowed down (Doc C). This evidence argues against defending because Magellan was bad enough of a captain there were mutinies on his behalf. Magellan also put the time of the mission in front of the people involved in the mission which is inhumane. Magellan was very unprepared when it came to his journey to the spice islands.

The final reason Magellan should not have been protected at his death is because he put his crew through serious danger. The first way Magellan put his crew in danger was when the armada sailed beyond South America and through part of the Pacific Ocean then he forced a group of scouts to sail in front of the armada just in case the world really was flat and hell was at the bottom...

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