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  • Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit | Joyce E. Chaplin

    Round About the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joyce E. Chaplin
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For almost 500 years, human beings have been finding ways to circle the Earth - by sail, steam, or liquid fuel; by cycling, driving, flying, going into orbit, even by using their own bodily power. The story begins with the first centuries of circumnavigation, when few survived the attempt: In 1519, Ferdinand Magellan left Spain with five ships and 270 men, but only one ship and 35 men returned, not including Magellan, who died in the Philippines. Starting with these dangerous voyages, Joyce Chaplin takes us on a trip of our own as we travel with Francis Drake, William Dampier, Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, and James Cook.

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