Around the World in
2 years, 11 months, and 16 days.
This first circumnavigation of our planet was achieved by Ferdinand Magellan and crew, after setting sail from Spain on September 20, 1519. Of the 270 who sailed on that day in search for a shorter way to the East Indies only 18 made it back. Magellan was killed in a battle during the journey. The dangers of travel.
They were the first Europeans to spot the Pacific Ocean after reaching Cape Virgenes 700 years ago today near the southern tip of Argentina. That passage between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans is now named after Magellan.
Here is Levasseur’s map of South America from 1840, with his customary fancy vignettes of the region portrayed.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.