Ferdinand Magellan

Portuguese Explorer

Ferdinand Magellan Biography

Ferdinand is from Sabrosa, Portugal and he was a Portuguese explorer. He sailed for three years (1519-1522). With a fleet of five ships, he discovered a western sea route to the Spice Islands. On that route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. Magellan was also the first person to circumnavigate across the globe and prove the the Earth was a sphere and not flat. He has a positive side and a negative side. The positive side is that he is smart and very dedicated to this voyage. He is brave because he acts calmly through all the difficult weather changes. The negative side is as one by one his crew was dying because of scurvy he knows the cure to it but he does not share it with anybody. He had honey which is the secret of not getting scurvy, and while he ate honey everyone else was eating biscuits with worms and rats and drinking the urine of rats. The purpose of his voyage was to find a route to the Spice Islands. The outcome was he ended up discovering the Strait of Magellan. Significant events that occurred during his voyage was that he was the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean.
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King Manuel I: Ferdinand's Benefactor

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The five ships of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition depart from Spain in 1519

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