On this day, September 6, in 1522 a lone surviving ship, the Victoria, of Magellan's original fleet of five ships, returned to Spain, being the first ship and crew to circumnavigate the globe and forever shrinking our world, and setting boundaries on fears and illusions but opening up a world of exploration and discovery.
Of the 270 members of the expedition that had set out three years earlier, only 18 returned. Magellan, having been killed in the Philippines, was not among them. Juan Sebastian Elcano captained the Victoria on its return. His reward? The King of Spain dispatched him with another fleet to repeat the journey three years later. He did not survive the second voyage.
Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz and illustrated by Anthony Bacon
Over the Edge of the World by Laurence Bergreen