Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? by Sydelle KramerWhen Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didnt know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate Magellans life and voyage, with sidebars and a time line that enhance readers understanding of the period.
13 Things You Should Know About Ferdinand Magellan
In , Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set sail in search of a westward route to the Maluku Islands of modern Indonesia, which brimmed with nutmeg, cloves, and mace. Magellan got his first taste of sea life when he joined a Portuguese military fleet headed for India at the age of At the time, Portugal was hungry to control global trade, and that meant taking strategic points along the Indian Ocean. Magellan fought in a number of pivotal naval conflicts and learned the ropes of navigation. He also fought in Morocco, where he suffered a leg injury that caused a permanent limp.
Spaniards and Portuguese made up the vast majority of the sailors, but the voyage also included mariners from Greece, Sicily, England, France, Germany and even North Africa. Magellan originally launched his expedition as a means of finding a western route to the Moluccas, a small archipelago in Indonesia known for its stores of precious spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. This agreement placed the more practical eastern route to the Spice Islands under Portuguese control, forcing the Spanish to find a new passage by sailing west around South America. The first of these failed revolts was easily unraveled, but the second proved more elaborate. Magellan and his supporters ultimately thwarted the revolt, and he even marooned two men on an island when he found they were planning a third mutiny. The rebellions continued later that year when the vessel San Antonio deserted the fleet and prematurely returned to Spain.
Magellan spent his early career in Asia where he fought several battles for his native country. However, after he fell out of favour with King Manuel I of Portugal , Magellan decided to shift his allegiance to Spain. Spanish king Charles I agreed to sponsor his ambitious expedition and Magellan set sail from Spain in on would go on to be a historic journey. Magellan is one of the most renowned explorers in history and an icon ic figure in the field of navigation. Know about his family, life, expedition and death through these 10 interesting facts. Ferdinand Magellan was born c.
Toggle navigation. Ferdinand Magellan Facts Ferdinand Magellan was born in , although it is not certain whether he was born in Porta or Sabrosa, Portugal. He was born to parents of nobility, who died when Ferdinand Magellan was only 10 years old. He then became a page for the Queen and studied cartography, astrology and celestial navigation at Queen Leonora's School of Pages in Lisbon, Portugal. While in his mids he sailed to East Africa with a fleet from Portugal.
Hundreds of years ago it could take months, even years, to get around the world. And many people didn't even make it. One man who nearly managed it was the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, who also first observed a previously unknown species of penguin, spotted some galaxies and named the world's largest ocean. Here are ten facts about Mr. He died in Magellan was wounded while serving in Morocco in