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Reference no. ESMT-719-0184-1D
German language
Compact case
Published by:
ESMT European School of Management and Technology (2019)
June 23, 2019
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5 pages
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This is a German version. On April 2, 1520, Gaspar de Quesada debated the disturbing events of the last hours with other Spanish captains. They were considering their options vis-a-vis Fernao de Magalhaes, later called Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan, originally from Portugal, had become the admiral of a Spanish fleet of five sailing ships after promising King Charles I of Spain that he knew a way westward to the Spice Islands through the newly found continent. A bit over a half year after their departure, Magellan had still not deemed it necessary to share any of his plans with the other captains. Instead, Magellan had now ordered them to spend the winter in a natural harbor and drastically rationed supply of food and beverages. But enough was enough. The Spanish captains felt they were forced to act; but how? One of the proposed options was to launch a surprise attack on the San Antonio, the biggest of the five ships. But as soon as this option was on the table all the men looked at each other scared. Were they really prepared to initiate a mutiny against their admiral at the end of the world? Was there maybe any other way to force Magellan to collaborate? Perhaps Magellan really knew the passage from the Atlantic to this other ocean beyond the land mass in front of them? Maybe there really was a sea passage westward to India?

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education courses.


Organizational behavior; Business ethics; Leadership; Power and influence; Values-based leadership; Authority; Managing uncertainty; Contracts


The events covered by this item took place in 1001-5000.

Geographical setting

Argentina; Brazil; Philippines; Portugal; Spain

Featured protagonists

  • Ferdinand Magellan (male)
  • Gaspar de Quesada (male)

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