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Chronicles of Antonio PigafettaWho is Antonio Pigafetta?Famous Italian traveller born in Vicenza around 1490 and died in the same city in 1534, who is also known by the nameof Antonio Lombardo or Francisco Antonio Pigafetta. Soon he/she became a great friendship with Magallanes, whoaccompanied, together with Juan Sebastián Elcano, in the famous expedition to the Moluccas begun in August of 1519and finished in September 1522.Ferdinand Magellan’s Early YearsFerdinand Magellan (c. 1480–1521) was born in Sabrosa, Portugal, to a family of minor Portuguese nobility. At age 12Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese and Fernando de Magallanes in Spanish) and his brother Diogotraveled to Lisbon to serve as pages at Queen Leonora’s court. While at the court Magellan was exposed to stories of thegreat Portuguese and Spanish rivalry for sea exploration and dominance over the spice trade in the East Indies, especiallythe Spice Islands, or Moluccas, in modern Indonesia. Intrigued by the promise of fame and riches, Magellan developedan interest in maritime discovery in those early years.The VoyageIn search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521) set out from Spain in 1519 with afleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands (the Santiagoshipwrecked, the San Antonioovertaken, the Concepcionburned and the Trinidadabandoned.) En route he discovered what is now known as the Straitof Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was long and dangerous, and only oneship returned home three years later. Although it was laden with valuable spices from the East, only 18 of the fleet’soriginal crew of 270 returned with the ship. Magellan himself was killed in battle on the voyage, but his ambitiousexpedition proved that the globe could be circled by sea and that the world was much larger than had previously beenimagined.In 1505, Magellan and his brother were assigned to a Portuguese fleet headed for India. Over the next seven years,Magellan participated in several expeditions in India and Africa and was wounded in several battles. In 1513 he joined