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  • You little rascal ! Don't think i'm a bad professor ! Magellan really named the Pacific !
  • The ship Victoria has a replica and looks like that
  • Magellan was really a crazy dude to brave the unknown at sea with an army of guy ready to kill him. In this kind of situation, you really need balls. You can read more about him here
  • Its crazy to think Magellan survived ocean, mutiny, starvation and get killed by a simple poisonned arrow on what is called 'The Battle of Mactan'. A memorial is in Cebu, in Philippines.
  • Tradition of marooning over here
  • Other punishements and life at sea in the age of sail
  • Magellan Straight is a very difficult and dangerous straight to cross, so basically, not many sailors/boats use it. If you remember the cartoon 'The mysterious cities of Gold', Esteban has to cross the straight to reach Peru. Then, the captain Mendoza decides to not sleep for a week to get over it (aaaaaaaaaaaaaargh)
  • The canal of Panama has been built by a french guy who got the idea in 1880 (the canal opened in 1914). Its one of the craziest piece of engineering ever done and it was a very difficult project. But its impact on the maritime trade has been remarkable. A cargoship making his way from NY to Los Angeles will travel 9500 km thanks to the canal instead of 22 500 km by Cap Horn. And even Cap Horn which is a difficult passage is probably safer than Magellan straight.
  • A crazy french girl cross the pacific on a canoe 7 years ago, and crossed as well 8000km. Here is an article printed at that time. Her name is Maud Fontenoy
  • And if you are that lazy, here is a video about our daring Magellan.


    Gwendal Denis said...

    Tu cherches à me filer les jetons Mélanie ?
    Ben tu n'y arriveras pas ! Na !

    Unknown said...

    Really, i love your way to teach history :D

    Penny said...

    Your posts brighten and enlighten my life!

    Anonymous said...

    Funny way to tell a story about a famous historical explorer but who is not so well known nowadays.....keep it up girl

    Anonymous said...

    Your storys rock!
    Looking forward to more and more.
    Who is Wikipedia anyway?