Sir Francis Drake and Ferdinand Magellan

Write an essay comparing and contrasting the experiences of these two explorers and their crews.
Spain and England were the first two countries to have explorers circumnavigate the globe. Spain
accomplished the first voyage around the world under the leadership of Ferdinand Magellan in 1522. The
English voyage, led by Sir Francis Drake, was completed in 1580 (Drake’s expedition was actually the third to
circumnavigate the earth as another Spanish crew had completed the journey in the interim). This essay
assignment provides you with the opportunity to read about and study firsthand accounts of these incredible
voyages in an effort to understand the great changes taking place during this period of history.
Task:
To complete this essay assignment, first read the two accounts of these voyages, included below. They are
Ferdinand Magellan’s Voyage Round the World, 1519-1522 and Sir Francis Drake’s Famous Voyage Round
The World, 1580. As you read, take notes on the information and details presented to help you when you
compose the essay.
Ferdinand Magellan’s Voyage Round the World, 1519-1522
Sir Francis Drake’s Famous Voyage Round the World, 1580
After reading both accounts, write an essay comparing and contrasting the experiences of these two explorers
and their crews. Numerous possible topics could be discussed: the challenges they faced on the voyages and
how they were overcome, the plants and animals they discovered, the people they encountered and the
interactions with them, the role of Christianity in the expeditions, the areas of the world in which they traveled,
and many other possible topics. Focus on discussing features of the voyages that you considered to be most
significant for the expedition. As you present different topics for comparison, be sure to include the perspective
of both the Spanish and English crews.
See attached Links for journals to read and use as references
https://go.view.usg.edu/content/enforced/1780253-
eCoreD2L_Development_HIST1112_CO_Fall2018/Units/Unit%203/Ferdinand%20Magellan.pdf?
&d2lSessionVal=b3JMTW6KC6rODLmIGIfayt71m&ou=1780253 https://go.view.usg.edu/content/enforced/1780253- eCoreD2L_Development_HIST1112_CO_Fall2018/Units/Unit%203/Sir%20Francis%20Drake.pdf? &d2lSessionVal=b3JMTW6KC6rODLmIGIfayt71m&ou=1780253

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