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Ferdinand Magellan
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In 1519, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan took five ships and 200 men on an epic journey around the world on behalf of Spain. Follow the world's first circumnavigation by sail through a dramatic passage of disease, starvation, and death. Young readers will learn about the ancient spice trade and early sea navigation. A recipe from the period is also included. Other topics include
- what Europe was like before Magellan
- science in Magellan's times, and the effect his voyage had on it
- his journey down the African coast, across the Atlantic, along South America, then across the Atlantic to the Spice Islands
- life aboard a sailing ship and mutiny at sea
- the Philippine Natives that Magellan me and their way of life
- colorful maps and images showing the areas explored
- sections on the age of exploration
- the political climates of various countries that made explorers venture out into the unknown
- real recipes for foods the explorers ate on their travels
- how explorers lived while on the high seas, on the trail, or in the encampment
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..." There is no sugar-coating of how either of these explorers treated the natives they encountered, their own men, or even their colleagues, in the struggle for power and prestige. Readers who enjoy information in chunks and pieces will take to these volumes...with many renderings of journeys taken, sights seen, and events unfolded, as well as sidebars containing helpful timelines. Each volume contains a handy glossary and index....Recommended for grades 4-7."

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