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Ferdinand Magellan Timeline

The most important dates and events in the life of this famous explorer
His early life in Portugal
His support from King Charles I of Spain
He made the first voyage around the World
The death of Ferdinand Magellan on the island of Mactan

Why was Ferdinand Magellan famous?
Ferdinand Magellan was famous as the great explorer who led 5 Spanish ships and 251 men in the first voyage around the World

Ferdinand Magellan Timeline

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Short Biography of Ferdinand Magellan
Date of Birth: Born in 1480
Place of Birth : Saborosa in Villa Real, Province of Traz os Montes in Portugal
Parents: Father - Mayor Pedro Ruy de Magalhaes
             Mother: Alda de Mezquita.
Background Facts, Information & Ancestry : Came from a wealthy family who had strong connections with the Portuguese court



Born at Saborosa in Villa Real, Province of Traz os Montes in Portugal

Well tutored at home and then spent his early years at the Portuguese court



:Ferdinand Magellan joined the expedition of Francisco d'Almeida to India



Took part in the Portuguese expedition to Morocco and was badly wounded

Has a serious disagreement with a commanding officer and leaves the service without prior permission



Requests permission from King Manuel of Portugal to sail to the Spice Islands in the Far East but is refused following the unfavourable reports from Morocco

Resumes his studies in Portugal for a couple more years but fails to gain favor with the Portuguese court and therefore renounces his Portuguese nationality



:Magellan leaves Portugal and heads for Spain



March 22: Magellan convinces King Charles I of Spain to support his voyage to the Spice Islands and the King promises Magellan one-fifth of the profits from the voyage to the Spice Islands

Spain provides five ships for the expedition:
Magellan commands the Trinidad
Juan de Cartagena commands the San Antonio
Gaspar de Quesada commands the Conception
Luis de Mendoza commands the Victoria
Juan Serrano commands the Santiago

Leads the five Spanish ships with 251 men in what was to become the first voyage around the World

20 September: The fleet sail across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and Rio de Janeiro and then start to search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean



March: The fleet anchor for the winter at Puerto San Julian in Southern Argentina

September : A storm destroys the Santiago and a mutiny breaks out

October: Ferdinand Magellan and his crew resume their voyage on the remaining ships

21 November: Enters the straits which would be named the Magellan Straits becoming the first Europeans ever to sail across the Pacific Ocean



3 February: Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Equator

1521 March 6: Magellan reached the Pacific island of Guam

16 March:  Discovers the Philippines

April 27: Ferdinand Magellan was killed by natives on the island of Mactan

Only 110 of the original crew members remained so they abandoned one of the ships - the Conception. The Trinidad tried to return back to Spain the same way they had came but was forced to return to the Spice Islands where they were imprisoned by the Portuguese. The Victoria was the last remaining ship



September 6: The Victoria reached Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain with only 18 survivors

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