Sunday July 3rd 2011

sunday-july-3rd-2011 Belief

Thought for the Day

“The church says the world is flat,
but I know it is round,
for I have seen the shadow of the moon,
and I have more faith in a shadow
than in the church.”

~ Magellan

*Ferdinand Magellan

Born: 1480 Sabrosa, Portugal
Died: April 27, 1521 (aged 40–41) Mactan, Cebu, Philippines

A Portuguese explorer. He was born in Sabrosa, in northern Portugal, and served King Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the “Spice Islands” (modern Maluku Islands in Indonesia).

Magellan’s expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean (then named “peaceful sea” by Magellan; the passage being made via the Strait of Magellan), and the first to cross the Pacific. It also completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth, although Magellan himself did not complete the entire voyage, being killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines.

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