Ferdinand Magellan

Explorer Ferdinand Magellan

Full Name: Ferdinand Magellen
Profession: Explorer


Biography: 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.

Born: February 3, 1480
Birthplace: , Portugal
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: April 27, 1521 (aged 41)
Cause of Death: Killed in battle

Historical Events

  • 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 the 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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