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Introduction Early Life Major Successes/Failures Reason For Explorations First Voyage Exploration Routes Second Voyage Hero Conclusion Conclusion •During the 1400’s-1600’s, many places all around the world were discovered and named. •Most explorers in history, in fact, explored about 500 years ago. •But one explorer was different, he was earlier than a lot of them. •The people of 484-577 A.D. called him St. Brendan; otherwise known as Brendan the Bold. •St. Brendan was born in Fenit, County Kerry, in Ireland, sometime in the year of 484. •Brendan was a devout Christian; wherever Brendan traveled he spread the Christian faith. •And, it is told that this great man discovered America. In the year of 484 a boy named Brendan was born near what is now Fenit the Port of Tralee, in County Kerry, in the southwestern part of Ireland. The city was known as Ciarraight back in 1500’s, though. He was baptized at Tubrid, near Ardfert by Saint Erc after his parents gave him to Saint Erc for education at the age of seven. For five years little Brendan was educated by Saint Ita. Then, he went back to Saint Erc and completed his education with him, who ordained him priest in 1512. Not much else is known about St. Brendan’s early life. But one thing is for sure, he was educated properly. Many explorers in history have had big successes and big failures. Brendan the Bold definitely had some, too. One Major success of Brendan the Bold was that he discovered America by landing on Newfoundland somewhere between the years 545-551. Then, less than a year later, St. Brendan retraced his route back to Newfoundland. Another major success of Brendan the Bold was that he excellently spread the Christian faith wherever he traveled. St. Brendan’s last success was living to the age of 93. This is very impressive, since he lived in the years of 484-577. Most people today don’t even live to the age of 90. Brendan the Bold didn’t have any big failures because he was a successful man. There are many purposes for different explorations for many explorers. St. Brendan only has two reasons. One reason is that Brendan got a message from God telling him to go find the Promised Land; otherwise known as the Island of the Blessed. The other theory is that St. Brendan would always go up to the top of a hill, trying to look out over the ocean to see land. But, one day his nephew came running up the hill and told him that he had discovered land. Then, Brendan thought to himself, “If my nephew can find land, then so can I.” And he set off to go find land. Many explorers had at least two exploration routes; that is the same with Brendan the Bold. On Brendan’s first journey he set sail with three currachs. Currachs are wood-framed boats with layers of ox hide over the wood smeared with wool grease. St. Brendan sailed north from Ireland until reaching the Faeroe Islands. After a stop there, Brendan sailed west towards Iceland. Then, Brendan the Bold sailed west some more to reach the continent of Greenland. Finally, Brendan headed southwest, around the tip of Newfoundland to land on southwestern Newfoundland. He then sailed back to Ireland to tell of his stories about the New Land to everyone he knew. For St. Brendan’s second voyage, he built a larger, stronger boat. Brendan the Bold’s boat was a larger wooden ship that could hold more provisions and up to 40 men. St. Brendan retraced his route all the way back to Newfoundland. Then, Brendan sailed south to Bermuda and west to Augustine, Florida. After visiting Florida, Brendan the Bold sailed back to Ireland. First Voyage Second Voyage I think a hero is someone who does great things for a good cause. They don’t have to go around saving people, but a hero would have to do something good without interfering with anything in the way. They can’t go around killing people just because they want something. A hero would have to work out a helpful outcome. I think Brendan the Bold is definitely a hero because he discovered the un- known, new land. St. Brendan also spread the faith of God, which I think is very hero-like. That is why I believe Brendan the Bold is a hero. Sadly, but miraculously, Brendan the Bold died in 577 in Clonfert, County Galway, in Ireland, at the age of 93, of old age. A lot of people don’t believe that Brendan the Bold actually discovered America by landing on Newfoundland twice off the coast of northeastern America. But some people believe Brendan really did. Even though, to some people, St. Brendan might not have discovered America, Brendan still excellently spread the Christian faith all over the world. A lot of great explorers discovered great things, just like Brendan.
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