The training ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano arrives in the old Spanish territory of Guam 500 years after the arrival of Magellan-Noticias

The training ship Juan Sebastián de Elcano arrived on the island of Guam in the western Pacific last day 1 as part of its XCIII Instruction Cruise, which includes the commemorative event around the world marking the 100th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world.

On March 6, 1521, Ferdinand Magellan arrived in Guam during his expedition to circumnavigate the world. However, according to the Navy, he will leave on the 2nd, so his presence cannot coincide with the fifth century of this historic milestone. The ship has crossed practically the entire Pacific under sail on the Galen de Manila route and is scheduled to sail in the Filipino and Indonesian archipelagos.

Juan Sebastián de Elcano left Cdiz on August 24th and traveled the world for 10 months to perform in the most important locations of the expedition of Fernando de Magallanes and Juan Sebastián de Elcano. According to the Navy, the crew will remain on the ship, which is docked at the US Navy base due to the restrictions derived from Covid-19.

A forgotten Spanish territory

Since the arrival of Magallanes, Guam (Guhn “in Chamorro and Guajn in Spanish), the area has been under Spanish control and has become a strategic and commercial location as it was the main scale of the Manila Galen that covered the route between that city and Acapulco It was captured by the United States on June 21, 1898 and later occupied by Japan between 1941 and 1944. It is currently an autonomous region of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, one of the fourteen unincorporated territories and one of the two unincorporated states . Freelance with the United States along with Puerto Rico. (Jos M Navarro Garca)

Photo: The training ship Juan Sebastin de Elcano docked in Guam (Navy)

The Juan Sebastin de Elcano training ship on port and starboard watch on arrival in Guam (Navy)

Midshipman training on arrival in port (Navy)

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