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“Embracing the world”. Conference on the first circumnavigation of the Globe

September 21, 2023 @ 18:00 - 20:30


500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the Globe
The Magellan-Elcano expedition and the chronicle of Pietro Martire de Angera

(sposnored by Comune de Angera, in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes di Milano)

On September 8, 1522 the ship Victoria returned to Seville with 18 men on board, commanded by Juan Sebastián de Elcano. Three years earlier, on August 10, 1519, 247 men had departed in five ships, commanded by Ferdinand Magellan. Their mission: to reach the islands of spices (more precious than gold), the Moluccas or Maluco, and to demonstrate that they were within the area assigned to Castile by the Treaty of Tordesillas (1494), which divided the world between Castile and Portugal.

What happened? Did they achieve their goal? Find out in this interesting conference!

We will talk about how the trip was like, what happened to the rest of the crew and why they went to the West but returned from the East, thus completing the first circumnavigation of the globe, as we have learned, among others, from the official chronicler of Charles V, Pietro Martire di Angera. Join us to know how humanity first embraced the world!

  • 18:00: Documentary + Spanish aperitivo
    500 years of the first circumnavigation of the world: The great journey of Magellan and Elcano
    [EN subtitles]
  • 18:30: Foreword
    Marcella Androni, Major of Angera
    Teresa Iniesta, Director of the Instituto Cervantes of Milan
  • 18:40: What we know, and we do not know, about the first voyage around the world
    by Tony Gratacós, journalist and writer, author of the successful novel Nadie lo sabe (Destino, 2022)
  • 19:00
    Embracing the world. Naval aspects of the Magellan-Elcano expedition
    by José Ramón Vallespín, captain of the Spanish Navy, director of the Department of Studies and Research (Instituto de Historia y Cultura Naval, Madrid)
  • 19:20
    Discussion with the speakers,
    moderated by Miguel-Ángel Serra, JRC-Ispra

English main language, Italian & Spanish welcome. Free entry until reaching full attendance.


September 21, 2023
18:00 - 20:30


Spanish Semester
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Comune di Angera – Sala Consiliare
Via Cavour 17
Angera, Varese 21021 Italy
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