Navigator and Explorer


Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who led the first sailing expedition to circumnavigate the globe. Magellan also is said to have named the Pacific Ocean “Mar Pacifico,” which translates to “peaceful sea.”


He was born in northern Portugal in 1480. As a boy, Magellan studied navigation, cartography, astronomy, and celestial navigation.alt


In 1519, he set out on a voyage to circumnavigate the world. On September 20th, 1519, Magellan sailed from Spain with five ships.alt

The fleet first traveled to Brazil, then sailed down South America’s coast. That part of the journey took over four weeks. On March 17th, he reached Philippines, along with 150 crew members.alt

There, Magellan took part in a local conflict and he was killed during a battle on April 27th, 1521. alt




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