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16 May

Did El Niño Help Magellan Out?


In the article Magellan’s Secret Weapon: El Nino? by Randolph E. Schmid of the Associated Press the question of whether El Niño helped Magellan in his journey is discussed.  Did this famous explorer have help from Mother Nature on his journey?

The El Niño phenomenon that has puzzled climate scientists in recent decades may have assisted the first trip around the world nearly 500 years ago. … While the actual reasons for Magellan’s choice of route remain uncertain, El Niño conditions “may have been largely responsible for structuring the route and extent of what many consider the world’s greatest voyage,” the researchers wrote.

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