Explorer Research Paper Ferdinand Magellan.docx - Heningburg 1 Christopher Heningburg John Milling HIS-122 9 September 2018 Explorer Research Paper

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Heningburg 1Christopher HeningburgJohn MillingHIS-1229 September 2018Explorer Research Paper: Ferdinand MagellanThe Man That Brought the World to Itself“Exploring the unknown requires tolerating uncertainty.”- Brian Green.1This quote accurately echoes the life of Ferdinand Magellan who sought the unknown with great open-mindedness for not knowing what would confront him. Born in 1480, Magellan was known as anexplorer that organized an expedition to the Spice Islands from 1519 to 1522, a travel that was the first circumnavigation of the earth. This circumnavigation would not be completed personallyby Magellan, as he died in 1521. The completion of the earth’s first circumnavigation is accredited to Juan Sebastian Elcano, who acted as captain from Magellan’s death. The circumnavigation is often referred to as the Magellan-Elcano expedition because Magellan started the journey while Elcano finished it. Despite his death, Magellan solidified his legacy as having a role in the exploration period. This paper will cover four things; his early life, his circumnavigation career, his death, and his legacy. Early LifeFerdinand Magellan was born about the year 1480 in Northern Portugal. It is uncertain however, exactly where Magellan was born. Two common suggestions are Porto & Sabrosa. Magellan’s parents were Rui de Magalhães and Alda de Mesquita, father and mother respectively. His parents were of Portuguese nobility, although minor. It is customary for a youth of nobility to become a page to the royal court. Sometime though, before 1490 it is possible that
Heningburg 2Magellan’s father took him to Porto, as he often travelled there, when Magellan was still a youngboy. At Porto, there was a harbor where shippers, & seafaring travelers gathered. These men withaquatic-based careers likely left an impression on Magellan, especially if tall-tales or stories weretold. This may have been where Magellan grew a love for the ocean and exploring. His parents were deceased during the time that he moved to Libson, which was about 1490. This same year, at ten years old, Magellan became a page to Queen Leonor. Alongside his page responsibilities, Magellan also received an education. This education included learning of the exploits of explorers and conquistadores such as Christopher Columbus, who at this time returned from the American voyage after using a counter route to somewhere opposite the highly anticipated Spice Islands. In addition, his education included learning practical skills that in time, would prove its value such as cartography, astronomy, and celestial navigating. In 1505, Magellan registered in Portugal’s navy, specifically the fleet of the Portuguese viceroy of India, Francisco de Almeida.

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