By: Kathryn Roland
First One to Travel All The Way Around The World
Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal, either in the city of Porto or in Sabrosa, circa 1480.
His parents were members of the Portuguese nobility and after their deaths, Magellan became a page for the queen, at age 10.
He studied at Queen Leonora's School of Pages in Lisbon and spent his days poring over texts on cartography, astronomy, and celestial navigation—subjects that would serve him well in his later pursuits.
What Started Him First
Around The World
He left Spain in 1519 with five ships and about 260 men. At first he did not tell his men where they were going because he thought they would be too frightened to obey him
He Discovered That The World Was Not Flat
The Theory That The World Was Flat
The ancients had many novel ideas about the shape of the earth. The Babylonians thought the earth was hollow, to provide space for their underworld. The Egyptians thought the earth a square, (with four corners) with mountains at the edge supporting the vault of the sky.