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This article contains a short biography in a fact file format in date order. Ferdinand Magellan was famous for leading the first expedition around the world, sailing through the Straits of Magellan and entering the Pacific Ocean  

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Ferdinand Magellan Fact 1 Why was Ferdinand Magellan famous and what part of America did he explore? Ferdinand Magellan was famous for leading the first expedition around the world, sailing through the Straits of Magellan and entering the Pacific Ocean 
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 2 20 September 20, 1519 Ferdinand Magellan led 5 Spanish ships and 251 men in what was to become the first voyage around the World
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 3 The names of the ships were the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Conception, the Victoria and the Santiago.
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 4 The type of ships used were caravels. Caravels were broad-beamed ships, 45 feet to 100 feet long, that had 3 masts with square sails and also triangular sails
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 5 When was Ferdinand Magellan born? He was born c1480
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 6 What was his country of origin and where was Ferdinand Magellan born? He was born at Saborosa in Villa Real, Province of Traz os Montes in Portugal
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 7 He came from an influential  and wealthy family and was a well educated man
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 8 He spent his early years at the Portuguese court and studied cartography and navigation
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 9 Ferdinand Magellan was inspired by the voyages of Christopher Columbus and decided that he also wanted to make voyages of exploration.
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 10 He took part in voyages to India and Africa
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 11 Whilst serving on Portuguese ships he had a disagreement with a commanding officer and left the service without prior permission
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 12 Ferdinand Magellan lost support from the Portuguese court and went to Spain
 
 

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Ferdinand Magellan Fact 13 He convinced King Charles I of Spain to support a voyage to the Spice Islands and was promised one-fifth of the profits
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 14 The King provided a small fleet of five ships - the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Conception, the Victoria and the Santiago.
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 15 March 22, 1519: He convinced King Charles I of Spain to support his voyage to the Spice Islands. King Charles promised Magellan one-fifth of the profits from the voyage to the Spice Islands
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 16 20 September, 1519: The fleet under Ferdinand Magellan sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and Rio de Janeiro. Magellan then started to search for a passage to the Pacific Ocean
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 17 Ferdinand Magellan commanded the Trinidad
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 18 Ferdinand Magellan led the 5 ships and 251 men in what was to become the first voyage around the World
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 19 The fleet anchored for the winter at Puerto San Julian in Southern Argentina, They leave in September but a storm destroys the Santiago and a mutiny breaks out but is soon quashed
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 20 13 February 13, 1521: Magellan reaches the Equator
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 21 March 1521: They discover the the Pacific island of Guam and the Philippines by which time only 110 of the original 251 crew members are left alive
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 22 April 27, 1521: Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives on the island of Mactan in the Philippines. So few of the crew remain that they abandon the Conception
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 23 The Trinidad is captured by the Portuguese, leaving the Victoria as the last remaining ship
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 24 1522, September 6, 1522:  The Victoria reached Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain with only 18 survivors.
 
 
Ferdinand Magellan Fact 25 The historic voyage of this great explorer had taken nearly three years and had cost 233 lives.
 
 

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