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Lecture

 

THE EMBASSY OF SPAIN IN BANGKOK,
THE EMBASSY OF PORTUGAL IN BANGKOK
AND CAMÕES – INSTITUTE FOR COOPERATION AND LANGUAGE,
AND THE SIAM SOCIETY UNDER ROYAL PATRONAGE

PRESENT

500th Anniversary of the Circumnavigation of the World
by Magellan and Elcano: The Impossible Adventure

A talk by Prof Dr Maria de Fátima Reis, from the Portuguese Academy of History
and Captain (Navy) José Mª Blanco, from the Institute of Naval History and Culture of Spain

 

Tuesday 24 September 2019 at 7pm at The Siam Society

 

 

It has been 500 years since the adventure of two sailors, Magellan and Elcano, unexpectedly changed the world. Their discovery slowly became the beginning of the globalisation where everything was more interconnected.

Ferdinand Magellan started to sail westerly from the port of Seville to the Moluccas to open a new spice trade route. After Magellan’s death from a dubious skirmish in the Philippines, Juan Sebastián Elcano took the carrack from the Moluccas to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain in 1522 and completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

Due to this voyage, many changes took place, such as the rejection of the flat-earth theory, advances in science, commerce and communication and a renewed flow of people, plants and animals.

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the circumnavigation, the Embassy of Spain in Bangkok, the Embassy of Portugal in Bangkok, Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, together with The Siam Society Under Royal Patronage and with the support of the European Union Delegation in Bangkok, will organise one lecture on the topic by two specialists from both countries.

Professor Doctor Maria de Fátima Reis is the Secretary General of the Portuguese Academy of History and the Sub-Director of the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. Having a PhD in Modern History, University of Lisbon, she is a part of the Research Group on Cultural Encounters and Intersecting Societies and Uses of the Past at the History Center, School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon. She is an academic at the Navy Academy.

Captain José María Blanco, Captain of the Spanish Navy, is a historian who has published many books on the Spanish fleet, e.g. La Diversión de Tolón, La Armada Española en la Primera Mitad del Siglo XVIII, and La Armada Española en la Segunda Mitad del Siglo XVIII, as well as a correspondent for the Real Academia de la Historia and a frequent collaborator of the Revista General de Marina. He was a professor at the Higher Center for National Defense Studies (CESEDEN).

This event is free of charge. A reception will be held at 6.30pm before the lecture begins.

For more information and RSVP, please contact Khun Nichakorn – nichakorn@siam-society.org or phone 02 661 6470-3 ext 305

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The Siam Society is deeply grateful to the James H.W. Thompson Foundation for its generous support of the 2019-2020 Lecture Series.