Elly Louwagie

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Magellan was born in 1480 in Sabrosa, Portugal. His parents were Rodrigo de Magalhaes (dad) and Alda de Mesquita (mom). They had 5 kids other than Magellan. Their names were Isabel de Magalhães, Genebra de Magalhães, Aires de Magalhães, Duarte de Sousa, and Diogo de Sousa. He lived in a nice home with a home tutor. When he grew older, he married Maria Caldera Beatriz Barbosa and they had two sons, Carlos de Magalhaes and Rodrigo de Magalhaes.

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In search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521) set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean.
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Effects on the world

Magellan discovered many things on his journey The Spice Island trade route. He also

found some llamas/alpacas/vicuñas/guanacos and penguins during his circumnavigation voyage, which then he told back to his homeland people in Portugal, and which could have influenced on our knowledge of these animals today.

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  • Loyalty
  • Bravery
  • Courage
  • Endurance
  • Fearless
  • Self Sufficient
  • Intelligent
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Support of Descriptors

Magellan was loyal because he kept going around the world for his country to find the western route to the spice islands, and gave his life in the process.

Magellan was brave and had courage because he put himself into a place where no one had ever been! He didn't know where he was going or what he was going to see or get there.

Magellan had endurance because he didn't give up when he didn't find his destination for a LONG time, in fact, he never found it, he died in the process!

Magellan was Fearless because he set out to a new part of the world and knew he might never come home.

Magellan was self-sufficient because he had to go days with very little food and not very much fresh water.

Magellan was intelligent because he was able to find out the direction to go and where they were in a place no one had ever been, and there were no known land markers.

Life changing events

In 1512 he took part in the Portuguese expedition to Morocco and was badly wounded.

In 1519 left on his trip to find the Western route to the Spice Islands

1521- Magellan dies.

1522- 18 crew members return home.

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He had a little bit of bad luck including the following:

1) He ran out of food a couple times

2) Most of his crew members died

3) 3 Ships sunk

4) He got killed by a poison arrow!


1) When they ran out of food, they found an island and reloaded

2) He got to go on the voyage?


One of the most important things that he discovered that affected the world was proving to our explorers and other people today that circumnavigating the world was possible. Without this proof, in our present day, we wouldn't dare to travel around the world.

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Ode to Ferdinand Magellan

Who had a love for the sea,

but did he have an academic degree?

Hey, don't ask me!

There's one thing I know

I will tell you this,

He sailed around the world

On some really nice ships.

He left in March, 1518

He didn't know his path

It was unforeseen

He sailed all day

He sailed all night

Then a storm came

it was such a fright

The Santiago didn't put up a fight

They lost one ship

now they're down to four

That's when they saw the first sight of shore

They fought with the Indians

but not for very long

soon after that they were moving right along

The fourth ship, San Antonio

decided that it was time to go home

Now the ship count was down to three

so they kept on sailin' the sea

They reached the grand island of Cebu

Shortly after that he met Lapu Lapu

Lapu Lapu challenged him to fight

with Ferdinand Magellan that was just not right

The next few days they went to war

and in that time, Magellan was no more

For during that skirmish

He died on the shore

With an arrow in his arm

and a javelin in his leg

they tried to save him

but he was already dead

The crew kept moving with only one ship

they reached the spice islands, it was such a long trip

They stocked up on cloves,

and made it back to Spain,

but don't think that the trip was made in vain

Even though some may have seen him as a felon

The crew kept sailing in honor of Ferdinand Magellan.

251 men left on the voyage, 18 returned!

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