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4/18/2021 Ferdinand Magellan - Early Years, Expedition & Legacy - HISTORY 1/5 In search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521) set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was long and dangerous, and only one ship returned home three years later. Although it was laden with valuable spices from the East, only 18 of the fleet’s original crew of 270 returned with the ship. Magellan himself was killed in battle on the voyage, but his ambitious expedition proved that the globe could be circled by sea and that the world was much larger than had previously been imagined. Ferdinand Magellan’s Early Years UPDATED: UPDATED: OCT 22, 2019 OCT 22, 2019 · ORIGINAL: ORIGINAL: OCT 29, 2009 OCT 29, 2009 Ferdinand Magellan Ferdinand Magellan HISTORY.COM EDITORS HISTORY.COM EDITORS CONTENTS 1. Ferdinand Magellan’s Early Years 2. Magellan: From Portugal to Spain 3. Strait of Magellan 4. Magellan: Circumnavigating the Globe 5. Impact of Ferdinand Magellan
4/18/2021 Ferdinand Magellan - Early Years, Expedition & Legacy - HISTORY 2/5 Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480–1521) was born in Sabrosa, Portugal, to a family of minor Portuguese nobility. At age 12 Ferdinand Magellan ( Fernão de Magalhães in Portuguese and Fernando de Magallanes in Spanish) and his brother Diogo traveled to Lisbon to serve as pages at Queen Leonora’s court. While at the court Magellan was exposed to stories of the great Portuguese and Spanish rivalry for sea exploration and dominance over the spice trade in the East Indies, especially the Spice Islands, or Moluccas, in modern Indonesia. Intrigued by the promise of fame and riches, Magellan developed an interest in maritime discovery in those early years. 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 the enormous 500- ship, 15,000-soldier force sent by King Manuel to Morocco to challenge the Moroccan governor who refused to pay its yearly tribute to the Portuguese empire. The Portuguese easily overwhelmed the Moroccan forces, and Magellan stayed on in Morocco. While there he was seriously wounded in a skirmish, which left him with a limp for the rest of his life.

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