At the age of 12 he wasappointed the job of thequeens messenger.
His first major voyagewas when he was 25years old.He sailed with Franciscode Almedia, Portugal’sfirst admiral.
He took part in thePortuguese expedition toMorocco and was badlywoundedHe had a seriousdisagreement with acommanding officer andleaves the service withoutprior permission
Requests permission from KingManuel of Portugal to sail to theSpice Islands but is refusedfollowing the unfavourablereports from MoroccoHe fails to gain favour with thePortuguese court and renounceshis Portuguese nationality
Magellan convinces King Charles Iof Spain to support his voyage tothe Spice Islands and the Kingpromises Magellan one-fifth ofthe profits from the voyage to theSpice Islands
20 September: The fleet sailacross the Atlantic Ocean toSouth America and Rio de Janeiroand then start to search for apassage to the Pacific Ocean
March: The fleet anchor for thewinter at Puerto San Julian inSouthern ArgentinaSeptember : A storm destroys theSantiago and a mutiny breaks outOctober: Ferdinand Magellan and hiscrew resume their voyage on theremaining ships21 November: Enters the straitswhich would be named the MagellanStraits becoming the first Europeansever to sail across the Pacific Ocean
3 February: Ferdinand Magellanreaches the Equator1521 March 6: Magellan reachedthe Pacific island of Guam16 March: He discovers thePhilippinesApril 27: Ferdinand Magellan waskilled by natives on the island ofMactan
September 6: The Victoria reachedSanlucar de Barrameda in Spainwith only 18 survivors