In an era when spices were just as sought after as precious silks, several countries participated in a race to find trade routes to Asia. Christopher Columbus imagined a path across the Atlantic, one that led to a dead end: the Americas. Suddenly, the goal of the race changed. Countries began searching for a strait that connected the Atlantic and the Pacific, opening a route to the Spice Islands. Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese cartographer and sailor, looked to Spain for support on an expedition to the Spice Islands. During the course of the expedition, Magellan faced much opposition and made many decisions that may be deemed questionable today, decisions that led to his eventual demise in battle. Many of his men were against saving their captain, raising a question: was Magellan valuable enough to save? Though Ferdinand Magellan achieved his goals through dubious means, his crew would have found it auspicious had they saved him, due to his extraordinary navigation skills and strategy …show more content…
By rationing their food, Magellan assured that they would have enough food to last them through winter. The explorer also carefully navigated the straight, being careful not to take the lives of his men for granted. Most notably, in the execution of two of the men who mutinied against him, Magellan showed the wiseness of a leader who wanted to prevent a greater uprising, and therefore the loss of more lives. This is most prevalent in the Battle of Mactan, described in Document E. Though it is obvious that Antonia Pigafetta admires the captain and accordingly depicts him as a great hero, it is unequivocally true that Magellan’s choice to retreat by degree was one of a magnanimous leader. Not only in this battle is his wish to keep his crew safe revealed, but also his determination and
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An Italian explorer responsible for the European discovery of America in 1492. Columbus wanted to sail across the ocean to find Asia and all the riches they had. Columbus never reached Asia because he sailed west across the Atlantic instead of sailing south around Africa and then east. Although Columbus did not ever reach Asia he landed on a small island in the Caribbean. Columbus named that island San Salvador.
Columbus wanted gold, gems, land, and titles for himself and the nation of Spain, which was some of the same interests of the king. Because of this Columbus got the chance to sail to Asia. The idea of being able to trade with the West Indies by sailing westward was very intriguing. This new passage would be a lot safer and less treacherous than the old.
Christopher Columbus Christopher Columbus hero or villain? I personal think he's both a hero and a villain in the sense that he was brave enough to sail across an uncharted ocean, but at the same time he enslaved and mutilated innocent natives. He’s a hero for taking on the challenge to set out and find a new world that as unknown to the Europeans. While he may not have set foot on the shores of North America, he still found a new piece of land that was unknown to the Europeans.
1. Christopher Columbus- was a Spanish conquistador who went in front of the Spanish court to propose a plan to find a new ocean route for trade with the West Indies and Asia. Queen Isabella commissioned/funded his voyage to find a new trade route to Asia. He set out on this conquest with 3 ships - the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. He crossed the Atlantic and made landfall on an island he named San Salvador which was part of the Americas.
As well as trading their own goods for profit. Europeans valued goods such as spices including pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Countries such as England, Spain, and France were seeking a northwest passage to Asia. The passage would be valuable because they hoped it would be faster and it would cut out the middle man, India,
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Chapters 20/21 Even though Christopher Columbus held onto his belief that he had reached the Indies until the day he died, the new continent he had actually reached had been the result of much geographical speculation and exploration by many curious men. “In some ways, these journeys of discovery collectively represent man’s most astounding characteristic: intellectual curiosity (Watson 424).” As Watson points out, we who live in the twenty-first century have nothing to compare to the feats accomplished by those early map makers and courageous adventurers. “The discovery of America was important intellectually for Europeans” yet many drawbacks soon followed as the New World was not as developed as the Old World (Watson 442).The lack of technology,
The role of historical explorers is often exaggerated, and many times, they are presented as mythical figures who have overcame great feats. Men such as Christopher Columbus and Hernan Cortes are recognized as such important figures due to external factors such as the symbolism of their name or their connections to the Spanish crown, respectively. In the novel, Estebanico states that often times, the Spaniards were not entirely truthful in their reports back to the Spanish crown. He indicates that though he fully wants to include the details of his relation with his Native American wife, Oyomasot, the other Castilians refused to include details that were contradictory to the rulings of the crown. (Lalami 234).
Christopher Columbus as we know is the historical person credited for the discovery of the New World. Zheng He was a Hui-Chinese mariner, explorer, diplomat and fleet admiral, who commanded voyages to Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa. Each men and their fleets had two completely different reason for their travel. Christopher Columbus purpose was to find a new trade way to the Asian countries. Zheng He's purpose was to enlarge empires control of seaway trade.
“...Captain-Major went to the said three ships… and there the captain of one of them was killed… [Magellan] ordered Gaspar de Quesada to be decapitated and quartered; he was the captain of one of the ships and was one of those who have mutinied’ (Document B). This is why Magellan wasn’t worth defending because he was extremely cruel while leaving men fearing for their lives that he would’ve also killed them as well. My next reason why I don’t believe Magellan wasn’t worth defending was him losing sight of his mission. Magellan traveled as far as the Philippines to get more spices as well as other luxuries but as soon as he went into the islands, he only wanted to convert the native people to Christianity. He threatened to burn down their villages and slaughter them if they didn’t want to convert.
Almost everybody has heard of Christopher Columbus, but do you know that he tried to sail for 15 years. Christopher Columbus found new land, was a good navigator, and never gave up. Here are some reasons why Columbus should be considered a hero. The first reason that Christopher Columbus was a hero is because he found new land.
Trade routes were one of the most important characteristics of the global economic system. During this period, there were several trade routes that resulted in the discovery of new lands. In document 1, it shows Europeans exploring along the coasts of Africa, North America, South America, and Asia. This happened during 1420through 1542. They used trade routes around the Cape Verde Is., the Cape Horn, and across the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Indian Ocean.
However, the King still paid him all of the money due. John was also given a 2nd larger voyage that he also failed at. The money and fame is John Cabot’s motive for killing his crew. In conclusion John left his crew with the unknown natives, watched them starve to death, and still got all of the
This article is a description of Sir Francis Drake’s voyage, detailing the specific events that transpired throughout the voyage. Throughout this paper I will be comparing and contrasting these two voyages. Sir Francis Drake and Ferdinand de Magellan both had a fleet of five ships that accompanied them on their voyage. In both voyages only one of the ships survived with most of the crew being either lost of dead. Both Drake and Magellan had some trouble with their crew.