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Author Bergreen, Laurence.

Title Over the edge of the world : Magellan's terrifying circumnavigation of the globe / Laurence Bergreen
Edition First edition
Published New York : Harper Collins, 2003


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  910.92 Magell Ber/Ote 2004  TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE
Description 1 volume : illustrations, map ; 21 cm
Summary "In 1519 Magellan and his fleet set sail from Seville, Spain, to find a water route to the Spice Islands in Indonesia, where the most sought-after commodities - cloves, pepper, and nutmeg - flourished. Most important, they were looking for a passageway, a strait, through the great landmass of the Americas that would lead them to these fabled islands. Laurence Bergreen takes readers on board with Magellan and his crew as they explore, navigate, mutiny, suffer, and die across the seas. He also recounts the many unusual sexual practices the crew experienced, from orgies in Brazil to bizarre customs in the South Pacific. With a fleet of five ships and more than two hundred men, they had set out in search of the Spice Islands. Three years later they returned with an abundance of spices from their intended destination, but with just one ship carrying eighteen emaciated men
They suffered starvation, disease, and torture, and many died, including Magellan, who was violently killed in a fierce battle." "This is the first time in nearly half a century that anyone has attempted to narrate the complete story of Magellan's unprecedented circumnavigation of the globe - to tell this story of heroism, discovery, and disaster. A voyage into history, a tour of the world emerging from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance, an anthropological account of tribes, languages, and customs unknown to Europeans, and a chronicle of a desperate grab for commercial and political power, Over the Edge of the World is a tale that rivals the most exciting thriller fiction."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Paperback published in 2004
Paperback - Map inside the front cover which folds out
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [415]-439)
Subject Magalhães, Fernão de, -1521 -- Travel.
Voyages around the world -- History -- 16th century.
Explorers -- Portugal -- Biography.
Voyages around the world.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2003050143
ISBN 0066211735
006093638X paperback