Ferdinand Magellan


Ferdinand background


  • Ferdinand was born on the year of 1480 in Sabrosa Protugal
  • Ferdinand died on April 27, 1521 in Cebu, Philippines
  • Ferdinand was the first to circumnavigate the globe
  • Ferdinand and his family were known as the Noble Portuguese family



  • In his mid-20s, Magellan joined a Portuguese fleet that was sailing to East Africa. He soon found himself at the Battle of Diu, in which the Portuguese destroyed Egyptian ships in the Arabian Sea.
  • At a young age of 17 Magellan sailed around the Cape of Good Hope and he sailed for the king of Spain.
  • He got 5 ships and left Seville on September 20, 1519, he sailed around the tip of South America. He found the westward passage and it was named Strait of Magellan in his name. He also found the new ocean and named it Pacific in honor of its claim and peaceful waters and crossed it to East to West.

Magellan's impact on today

  • Magellan's impact on today was providing the first positive proof that the world was round, and that opened up trade routes to explorers all over the world.
  • Ferdinand Magellan's voyages also influenced our modern world socially, culturally, and environmentally.
  • He proved to our explorers and other people today that circumnavigating the world was possible.
  • Magellan impacted our world environmentally by naming the largest ocean in the world.

Interesting facts!

  • Magellan was seriously wounded in a battle while at Morocco which left him with a permanent limp that he carried with him the rest of his life.
  • He went to East Africa and later was at the battle of Diu, in which the Portuguese destroyed Egyptian naval hegemony in the Arabian Sea
  • He went twice to Malacca, the Malayan spice port, participating in its conquest by the Portuguese. He may also have gone on an exploratory mission
  • Magellan is credited as the first person to circumnavigate the globe, despite the fact that he did not complete the journey.
  • While in the Philippines in 1521, Magellan intervened in a civil war and was killed, but one of his five ships (Victoria) did sail around the world.
  • Magellan's name is well known in the English and Spanish versions Ferdinand Magellan and Fernando De Magallanes, respectively, but his actual Portuguese name Fernão de Magalhães is relatively unknown.


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