#196 | Ferdinand Magellan & The First Voyage Around The World

English Learning for Curious Minds

23-09-2021 • 29 minutos

In September 1519, a Portuguese explorer and a crew of 270 men set sail from Spain trying to find a sea route west, through the Americas.

Three years later, 18 of the men returned, tired and hungry, but becoming the first people to have successfully completed a full circle of the Earth.

  • Introduction to The Age of Exploration
  • The Treaty of Tordesillas
  • Seeking a route west to The Spice Islands
  • Magellan presents his idea to King Charles V of Spain
  • Why was the Spanish king listening to a Portuguese explorer?
  • The early life of Ferdinand Magellan
  • A “career-minded daredevil"
  • Why were spices in such high demand?
  • Why did Magellan sail for Spain, not Portugal?
  • The start of the expedition
  • The first mutiny
  • Finding a passage through South America
  • Crossing The Pacific Ocean
  • Arriving at Guam
  • Magellan's death in The Philippines
  • Arriving at The Spice Islands
  • The journey back to Spain
  • The legacy of the expedition
  • Who was the first person to have circumnavigated the globe?

Full transcript, subtitles and key vocabulary available on the website: https://www.leonardoenglish.com/podcasts/ferdinand-magellan


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