10 Facts about Ferdinand Magellan

You will get more insights about the famous Portuguese explorer on Facts about Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was born circa 1480 and died on April 27th, 1521. In 1519 until 1522, he organized the Spanish expedition to explore East Indies. Therefore, Juan Sebastián Elcano completed the first circumnavigation on earth. Since Magellan was a great explorer, he has been subject to popular literature. Oscar Keesee, Dante Rivero, Dingdong Dantes have portrayed Ferdinand Magellan in Filipino film and TV series. Look at other facts about Magellan below:

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 1: the family background

In 1480, Magellan was born. He was from a noble family.  He rose to fame as a skillful naval officer and sailor. King Charles I of Spain finally appointed him to look for the westward route to reach Spice Islands or Maluku Islands.

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 2: the command

Magellan went the journey to search for the route to Patagonia from Atlantic Ocean. He earned the command of five vessels.

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 3: arrival to Spice Islands

In 1521, Magellan and his crew finally came to Spice Islands despite the mutinies and storms that he had to face.

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Ferdinand Magellan Facts

Ferdinand Magellan Facts

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 4: return to Spain

Magellan commanded his fleet to reach Spain from Spice Islands through Indian Ocean. Thus, He earned the record for the first circuit of earth.

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 5: Battle of Mactan

In 1521, Magellan was killed during Battle of Mactan in Philippines, which made him unable to finish the entire voyage.

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 6: the preceded voyages

In the preceded voyages in 1505 to 1511-1512, Magellan had already visited Southeast Asia in Malay Archipelago.

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 7: the namesake

His name has been used to call the Magellan penguin. A number of astronomical objects also bear his name such as the Martian crater of Magelhaens, craters of Magelhaens and Magelhaens A and Magellanic Clouds.

Ferdinand Magellan Pic

Ferdinand Magellan Pic

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 8: the birthplace

The birthplace of Magellan was probably located at Sabrosa, near Vila Real or at Vila Nova de Gaia, near Porto of Northern Portugal.

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Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 9: parents

Rodrigo de Magalhães was the father of Magellan. His mother was Alda de Mesquita.

Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan 10: Victoria

Victoria is the name of the survived Magellan’s ship during his expedition. You can go to Puerto San Julian to notice the replica of the ship.

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