Ferdinand Magellan

Explorer Ferdinand Magellan Full Name: Ferdinand Magellan [Ferdinand Magellen]
Nationality: Portuguese

Profession: Explorer
Why Famous: Organised the expedition that resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

His expedition of 1519–1522 became the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into the Pacific Ocean, and the first to cross the Pacific.

Died: April 27, 1521
Cause of Death: Killed in battle

Historical Events in the Life of Ferdinand Magellan

  • 1519-09-20 Spanish expedition led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sets off on the 1st successful circumnavigation of the globe (Magellan killed on route)
  • 1520-10-21 Explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet reach Cape Virgenes and become the first Europeans to sail into the Pacific Ocean
  • 1520-11-28 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean
  • 1521-03-06 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam
  • 1521-03-17 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Philippines
  • 1521-03-31 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan takes possession of Homohon, Archipelago of St Lazarus, Philippines
  • 1521-04-07 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan's fleet reaches Cebu
  • 1522-09-06 Ferdinand Magellan's Spanish expedition aboard the Vitoria returns to Spain without their captain. First to circumnavigate the earth.
  • 1522-09-08 Spanish navigator Juan de Elcano returns to Spain, completing 1st circumnavigation of the globe (expedition began under Ferdinand Magellan)

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