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Lunctime Lecture and Book Signing – Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit with author Joyce Chaplin
November 28, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Round about the Earth: Circumnavigation from Magellan to Orbit with author Joyce Chaplin
For almost five hundred years, people 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 thirty-five men returned. Starting with these dangerous voyages, author Joyce Chaplin takes readers 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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