Biography● Ferdinand Magellan (Sabrosa, North Region,Portugal, Spring 1480 - Mactan, Philippines,April 27, 1521) was a Portuguese explorer.● Serving the King of Spain, discovered what isnow called the Strait of Magellan, the firstEuropean to pass from the Atlantic Ocean tothe Pacific Ocean, previously called South Sea.He began the expedition, led to his death byJuan Sebastian Elcano, achieved the firstcircumnavigation of the Earth in 1522.
Early years as an explorer● In March 1505, at the age of 25, he joined theIndian Navy.● Magellan had a crucial role advising Sequeiraand saving Serrão. This acts earned honorsand a promotion.● Serving the new governor, Alfonso deAlbuquerque, participated with Serrão in theconquest of Malacca in 1511.● Then, he participated in various battles such asthe Battle of Azamor (Morocco).
First circumnavigation of the Earth● To discover most of the Americas, the navigators were stilllooking for the way to get by sea go to the islands of spices.Ferdiand Magellan, Portuguese sailor at the service of Castile,was the first reached the Eastern Indies by Western.● Magellans expedition consisted of five ships with their crews.● The navigation began in Sanlucar de Barrameda. Then, cameto the east coast of South America across the Canary Islandsand Cape Verde Island.● Bordering the east coast of South American, they went to southto get to Cape Horn and reach to the Pacific Ocean across theStrait of Magellan. Then, they went to the eastern islands,bordering Asia and Africa, returning to Spain.
The death of Magellan● A trip of such magnitude must necessarily encounter amultitude of dangers. The result of this, was the death at thehands of the Indians of Magellan. The Spanish Juan SebastianElcano took the command.● The crew got to Seville after 1124 days with only one of the fiveships, the Victoria.