Ferdinand Magellan

exploration startThe war ended with a Portuguese naval victory adopted by the official recognition by the Catholic Monarchs of Portuguese sovereignty over most of the disputed West African territories embodied in the Treaty of Alcáçovas, 1479. (See entry on Elmina.) This was the first colonial warfare among European powers. In 1415, Ceuta was conquered by the Portuguese aiming to control navigation of the African coast.

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Although it was laden with valuable spices from the East, solely 18 of the fleet’s unique crew of 270 returned with the ship. Magellan himself was killed in battle on the voyage, however his bold expedition proved that the globe might be circled by sea and that the world was a lot bigger than had beforehand been imagined. France, the Netherlands, and England were left with no sea path to Asia, both by way of … Read More