Ferdinand Magellan Biography

Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.

He was born in Sabrosa in northern Portugal, and served King Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the "Spice Islands".

Magellan's expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean, and the first to cross the Pacific. His expedition completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Magellan did not complete the entire voyage, as he was killed during the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines.

In 1521, traveling west from Europe, the expedition reached a region of Southeast Asia which Magellan had reached on previous voyages traveling east. Magellan thereby achieved a nearly complete personal circumnavigation of the globe.

The Magellanic Penguin was named for him, as he was the first European to note it; other memorials are the Magellanic clouds, now known to be nearby dwarf galaxies; the twin lunar craters of Magelhaens and Magelhaens A; and the Martian crater of Magelhaens. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Ferdinand Magellan
Nationality:
Kingdom of Portugal
Profession:
Explorer, Navigator, Sailor
Ethnicity:
Portuguese people
Date of Death:
April 27, 1521
Age at Death:
unknown
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