The World Famous Sailor
Ferdinand Magellan was born in 1480 in Portugal. Growing up he studied mapmaking and navigation. His parents were members of the Portuguese nobility and after their deaths, Magellan worked for the Queen when he was ten years old. By his mid 20’s, Magellan had joined a Portuguese fleet that was sailing to East Africa. This experience was hard for Magellan, he had to do many new tasks, face many new challenges, but he learned how to improve and get better at sailing.
In 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain and was in command of five ships. He hoped to reach Asia by sailing west. Magellan and his crew traveled south along the coast of South America until he reached a waterway that would lead him to the Pacific Ocean. The ships had been traveling for a long time and the men were exhausted and hungry. Magellan’s ships traveled for four months before they reached the Phillipines near the east coast of Asia.
Battle and Death
Magellan made friends with many of the leaders of the islands in the Phillipines. Many even converted to Christianity. The leader of the island of Mactan resisted. Magellan and his crew sailed to Mactan and went to battle with warriors there. Magellen was killed in that battle on April 27, 1521.