The science and exploration behind the first world tour.
The world before 1520
What could we find in the maps before the expedition?
Jacobus Angelus, ca. 1472
The Fra Mauro Map Of The World
Fra Mauro, 1459
Portuguese Nautical Chart
Unknown, ca. 1472
"Terra Brasilis", Miller Atlas
Lopo Homem, Pedro Reinel and Jorge Reinel, 1519
Juan de la Cosa's chart
Juan de la Cosa, 1500
Kunstmann IV Planisphere
Jorge Reinelca, 1519
Portolan Chart of the Mediterranean
Giovanni Vespucci, 1520
Marine Navigation Chart
Take a tour through this chart made by the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller in 1516
When was the Strait of Magellan first sailed?
Map of Strait of Magellan (Jodocus Hondius)
The art of sailing
How the art of navigation underwent a series of profound changes.
How To Find Your Way Without GPS
Explore the instruments and techniques used during the voyage
"There are not foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign."
Robert Louis Stevenson
Encountering other cultural realities
The people that the crew met along the way
Magellan's Voyage And The Perspective Of "Otherness"
Explore other cultural realities through the diaries of Pigafetta
Different Cultures Under The Same Sky
Find out about the people of Patagonia, and their cultures and worldviews.
What species did the crew spot?
The creatures that Pigafetta recorded in his diary
The Animals Spotted On The Sail to Patagonia
The revelation that the world was more diverse than imagined...
The Animals Spotted While Sailing the Pacific
Encounters with new and exciting species
"They told us that these birds come from the terrestrial Paradise, and they call them 'bolon dinata,' that is 'divine birds."
Looking up at the sky...
The skies over the first global circumnavigation
Recreating The Celestial Sphere Of 500 Years Ago
Use the constellations to find your way, just as the crew of the Magellan-Elcano expedition did 500 years ago.
...and looking down at the ocean depths
What Magellan and Elcano didn't see from their ship
Sharks, Ray and Sea Turtles
Sailing the Guadalquivir River and the Atlantic Ocean
Poison Dart Frogs and Jellyfish
Navigating the tropical rainforest, the Pacific Ocean and the Indo-Pacific
The details of the journey
A new connected world
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