Ferdinand Magellan

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Ferdinand Magellan

Lasting Impact

Scientists nowadays use his method to do researches about the galaxy.


- http://www.biography.com/people/ferdinand-magellan-9395202#synopsis- "Magellan's Voyage around the World: Three Contemporary Accounts" - Charles E. Nowell- "The Longest Voyage: Circumnavigators in the Age of Discovery" - Robert Silverberg.



Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was born in Portugal, either in the city of Porto or in Sabrosa, circa 1480. His parents were members of the Portuguese nobility, so after their deaths, when he was just 10 years old, Magellan became a page for the queen. Magellan studied at Queen Leonora's School of Pages in Lisbon and spent his days poring over texts on cartography, astronomy, and celestial navigation—subjects that would serve him well in his later pursuits.


History Channel

1505: Magellan and his brother were assigned to a Portuguese fleet headed for India.August 10, 1519: the Armada De Moluccas set sail.September 1519: Magellan’s fleet sailed from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain, and crossed the Atlantic Ocean.October 21, 1520: Magellan finally entered the strait.March 1521: the fleet reached the Pacific island of Guam.April 27, 1521: Magellan fell when he was shot with a poison arrow.November 5, 1521: the two remaining ships finally reached the Moluccas.September 1522: The Victoria completed the voyage around the world and arrived back in Seville, Spain.

Ferdinand Magellan was mapmaker and navigation. By his mid-20s, he was sailing in large fleets and was committed in combat. In 1519, with the support of King Charles V of Spain, Magellan set out to circumnavigate the globe. He assembled a fleet of ships and, despite huge setbacks, his own death included, proved that the world was round.


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