The difficult navigator’s life while Magellan’s voyage (1519-1522)

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Antonio Pigafetta “Notes about the New World”

[…] We eat biscuits, but there are no biscuits, only their dust, mixed with worm pieces, because they have already eaten what was good; it smelled very strongly as mouse urine, and we drink yellow rotted for many days water, and we eat some ox skin; […] skins was very stiff because of the sun, of the rain and the wind.

We let it four or five days in the sea and then we put it on embers and in like this we eat it, and also many times we used to eat wood wool.

The mice were sold with one half of ducat per one and it had not been too much. But after all the misfortunes, this was the worst: the gums was growing at some ones up to the teeth, up and down, that they could not eat in any way… And in this way they were dieing because of this defect.

Nineteen people and the huge had been dead, together with an Indian from the earth of Verzin. Twenty five or thirty people was falling sick, some of them has arms aches, other legs aches or other body parts, in this way a few remained healthy […].

In these three months and twenty days we went almost four thousands leagues without stopping throw this Pacific Sea (it is true that is very quiet, because in this sea we had not storm) without seeing any coast, only two unlived islands, where we did found only birds and trees; we called it The Misfortune Islands. There is far one by the other at two hundreds leagues. We did not found the seabed alongside them, we saw only a lot of sharks […].

With Magellan around the world, Bucharest, the Scientifically Printing house, 1960.

Viata grea a navigatorilor in timpul calatoriei lui Magellan (1519-1522)

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Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

Antonio Pigafetta “Insemnari despre Lumea Noua”

[…] Mancam biscuiti, dar nu mai erau biscuiti, ci pulberea lor, amestecata cu bucati de vierme, pentru ca acestia mancasera ce era bun; putea foarte tare a urina de soarecei, si beam apa galbena putrezita de multe zile, si mancam niste piele de bou; […] piei foarte aspre din pricina soarelui, ploii si a vantului.

Le lasam vreme de patru sau cinci zile in mare si apoi le puneam pe jaratec si asa le mancam, si de asemenea de multe ori mancam si rumegus de lemn.

Soarecii se vindeau cu jumatate de ducat unul si nici asa nu se gaseau prea multi. Dar peste toate nenorocirile, aceasta era cea mai rea: cresteau gingiile la unii deasupra dintilor atat jos cat sis us, incat cu nici un chip nu mai puteau manca… Si astfel se prapadeau de acest betesug.

Murira 19 oameni si uriasul, impreuna cu un Indian de pe pamantul Verzin. Douazeci si cinci sau treizeci de oameni se imbolnavira, pe unii ii dureau bratele, pe altii picioarele sau alte parti, astfel ca putini ramasera sanatosi […].

In aceste trei luni si douazeci de zile am mers aproape patru mii de leghe fara oprire prin aceasta mare Pacifica (intr-adevar e foarte pasnica, pentru ca in aceasta mare n-am avut furtuna) fara a vedea nici un pamant, ci numai doua insulate nelocuite, pe unde nu gasiram decat pasari si copaci; le numiram Insulele Nenorocite. Sunt departe una de alta la doua sute de leghe. Nu gasiram fundul pe langa ele, vazuram numai multi rechini […].

(Cu Magellan in jurul lumii, Bucuresti, Ed. Stintifica, 1960)

Articol scris de Kogaion