Magellan’s Monsters

Article by Matt Simon, reblogged from Wired Magazine:

When Magellan reached the New World, he reported seeing giant peoples, an account that was disputed quickly explorer Francis Drake. These sorts of accounts were common in earlier periods, from Pliny through the Middle Ages– what made these early explorers see what they hoped to see? Read about Magellan’s encounter with the peoples of Patagonia here:

http://www.wired.com/2014/09/fantastically-wrong-giants-of-patagonia/

 

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