Ferdinand Magellan

The First Person to Circumnavigate World

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Ferdinand Magellan was born in Sabrosa, Portugal in 1480. Growing up, he was studied map making and navigation. He was sailing in large fleets by age 25. His parents died when he was 10. Magellan was loyal, brave, self sufficient, and intelligent. He had a long black beard. He was also a strong, powerful man.

Achievements and Discoveries

Ferdinand Magellan is most known for being the first person to circumnavigate the Earth. He did this with a fleet of 5 ships. Although he, himself, didn't get completely around the world, one of his ships did. He was killed in the Philippines on Mactan Island. He also helped with the spread of Christianity to other parts of the world. Another huge achievement of his was finding the Pacific Ocean. Also, on his voyage to get around South America, he found a strait that cut off the lower portion of the continent later called the Straits of Magellan. The last major discovery of his was the International Date Line. He found it by logging in his journal. Once he got back home, he realized it was one day after his journal was dated for that day.

Impact on the World

Ferdinand Magellan proved that the world was round. Also, he further spread Christianity to the Philippines. He was killed by trying to convert a tribe and was killed by the Chief Mactan's tribesman because he was outraged. He also impacted the world by discovering the International Date Line.

Magellan and His Travels


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