|Reading Comprehension Mock Test
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Reading Comprehension Mock Test Online Quiz 5
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Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who is best known for leading the first expedition to circumnavigate the world in the 16th century. As a young noble in the court of Portugal, he became embroiled in political intrigue and lost the favor of the king. In search of a new patron, he offered his services to the future Emperor Charles V of Spain. Magellan proposed to prove that the East Indies fell under Spanish jurisdiction by sailing around the world.
On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain with five ships and 270 crew members. More than a year later, one of these ships was exploring the southern coast of South America when it sank. The remaining four ships searched for a water route across the continent, eventually discovering the Strait of Magellan near the 50th parallel south. One of the ships deserted in the Strait of Magellan and returned to Spain, so only four ships and a reduced crew of sailors were able to continue on to the Pacific Ocean.
After 98 days at sea, the sailors crossed the International Date Line in the early spring of 1521. During their journey across the Pacific, many of Magellan’s men died of starvation and scurvy disease. Eventually, Magellan became involved in an island conflict in the Philippines and he was killed in a tribal battle. Only one ship called the “Victoria” and 17 sailors under the command of the Basque navigator Elcano survived to complete the journey back to Spain, thus proving that the earth is round and there is no edge to the world.
The Magellan expedition was a stunning success that proved it was possible to circumnavigate the globe. His adventurous journey opened up new trade routes for Europe and expanded European knowledge about the world. Additionally, it established the framework for the idea of a global community by connecting together individuals and nations in ways that were previously deemed impractical.
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