Magellan and Drake.edited - During the 16th century the circumnavigation of the world was a highly sought after accomplishment for the respective

Magellan and Drake.edited - During the 16th century...

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During the 16th century, the circumnavigation of the world was a highly sought after accomplishment for the respective countries who dared to try. Spain and England were the first two countries claiming this fame and fortune from the journies. Ferdinand Magellan, supported by King Charles I with Spain, set out on a voyage in 1519 to discover a western route to the Spice Islands. Sir Frances Drake, supported by Queen Elizabeth with England, attempted the same journey in 1577 with the intention to discover what was past the famous Strait of Magellan. The two skillful sailors had severely different experiences on their voyage, but both had the same goal in mind: fame and revenge. Ferdinand Magellan first proposed to the King that he would set out on his voyage to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands, proving that they were in Spain's territory and not Portugal's. Magellan had a personal vendetta against Portugal, even though he was of Portuguese descent. After years of sailing and serving Portugal in vastly successful voyages across the Indian Ocean, the King went against Ferdinand and sold several valuable tokens back to the enemies. This switch of allegiance from Portugal to Spain caused problems for Magellan before any of his ships had sailed. The head of the House of Commerce for Spain, who oversaw all Spanish explorations, hindered the expedition's proper organization, caused several delays for the voyage. Agents of the Portuguese crown, insulted by Magellan's shift of loyalty, "also made an unsuccessful attempt to wreck the project" (CITE). The conflicts between the Portuguese and Spanish men on board would lead to several problems as Magellan embarked on his journey.

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