Week 3 Response – “Explorers: Age of Encounter”

Before being exposed to these sea-based trade history, my idea of spices were just powder that are meant for enhancing flavour. Spices were rare and precious products, used for medicine, perfume, incense and it was so lucrative and profitable pushed explorers to seek new trade routes to the Spice Island.

Vasco da Gama was the first European to sail through the Indian Ocean to Asia, and Ferdinand Magellan and Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe. Ferdinand Magellan proved for certain the world was round when his crew made the first trip around the world.

In 1577, Sir Francis Drake was secretly commissioned by Elizabeth I to set off on voyage against the Spanish colonies on the American Pacific coast. To reach the Pacific, Sir Francis Drake became the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe.

After watching some videos and reading different sources, I came to realise that there are many different focuses with overlapping narratives that can make certain information pretty confusing or biased.

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