April 27, 1521: Was Magellan Worth Protecting?
One of the reasons Magellan was worth defending was because of his navigational skills. Document A, which is a map that comes from various sources, states that the voyage started on September 20, 1519. Two hundred eighty men departed with an armada of 5 ships, given to Magellan by the king of Spain. Magellan sailed down the coast of modern-day Brazil and .Argentina after crossing the Atlantic. “Thence they navigated along the (Argentine) coast, and arrived on the last day of March of the year 1520 at the port of St. Julian.” a journal entry of a crewman states in Document B. Magellan and his crew were in search of a waterway that would lead to the Pacific Ocean. At last, Magellan had found a strait linking the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean, months after leaving the Port San Julian (Doc C). Magellan found the passage he was looking for using his navigational skills; this proves he was worth defending.
The second reason why Magellan was worth defending was because of his sacrifice. With the crew’s long days and reduced rations, there was only a matter of time until the crew faded. “… the upper and lower gums of most of our men grew (swelled) so much that they could not eat, and in this way so many suffered, that nineteen died…” (Doc D) as told by Antonio Pigfetta in 1520 in his journal. These men had no way to dispose of their bodily wastes and were on a limited supply of food. Besides the men who died others fell ill of unknown illnesses. A great explorer knows how to sacrifice. Magellan was willing to sacrifice him and his men on this expedition which is why he was worth defending.
The 1ast reason Magellan was worth defending was because of his fearlessness. Magellan’s chief goal was to reach the Spice Islands.