Magellan-Elcano circumnavigation

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Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598)
The Magellan–Elcano circumnavigation, taking place between 1519 and 1522, was the first recorded journey around the world. Of the five ships and 270 men embarking on the journey, only one ship with a crew of 18 finished the trip. This itinerary describes their route, from Spain to South America, across the southern Pacific Ocean to Oceania, Southeast Asia, across the Indian Ocean to Africa, and along Africa's west coast back up to Spain.



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