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  • Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific April 22, 2011

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Heavenly Bodies in the Pacific

    The meetings between Western explorers and Pacific peoples in the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries saw a whole host of misunderstandings. And among the most interesting of these was, on the Polynesian side, the question of where the outsiders – with their great sailing boats and white skins – came from. Curiously, there are a rash […]

    John and Paul: The Patagonian Giants March 26, 2011

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    John and Paul: The Patagonian Giants

    Antonio Pigafeta aka Antonio Lombardo (obit 1531) was a lucky man. He was one of 17 of circa 230 men to make it back from Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world. He was also a fine writer and described in his Relazione del primo viaggio intorno al mondo (1524) Magellan’s adventures, death and the mission’s return […]