Magellan and the First Voyage Around the World by Nancy Smiler Levinson

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Determined to find a new and better route to Asia and the distant and profitable Spice Islands, Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519 on what would become the history-making first circumnavigation of the world. Magellan himself did not complete the journey—he was killed by a poison arrow while on the Pacific island of Mactan—but the expedition he mounted forever changed the course of human exploration. Details of the journey, including Magellan’s tools of navigation, the political battles for control over the valuable islands of the Pacific, and Magellan’s final moments in battle, are all vividly portrayed

About Nancy Smiler Levinson

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Nancy Smiler Levinson is the author of many well-regarded books for children, including Christopher Columbus: Voyager to the Unknown (Lodestar) and If You Lived in the Alaska Territory (Scholastic). This is her first book for Clarion. She lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Published October 15, 2001 by Clarion Books. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Younger readers will gravitate toward Jim Gallagher’s shorter and more colorfully illustrated biography of the same title (1999), but this thoughtful study makes it clear just how Magellan earned his place as a central figure in the European Age of Exploration.

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She documents such developments as Magellan's need to renounce Portuguese citizenship to seek royal patronage in Spain, and the court intrigue that planted mutinous spies as captains of Magellan's accompanying vessels.

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