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Ferdinand Magellan Facts

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Ferdinand Magellan Explorer

Facts about Ferdinand Magellan

The following Fact File contains fast information about the life of Ferdinand Magellan.

Interesting facts and an overview and description of the life and times and his involvement in the Exploration and the discovery of the New World leading to the colonization of America.

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

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

Fact 3: The names of the ships were the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Conception, the Victoria and the Santiago.

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

Fact 5: When was Ferdinand Magellan born? He was born c1480

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

Fact 7: He came from an influential and wealthy family and was a well educated man

Fact 8: He spent his early years at the Portuguese court and studied cartography and navigation

Fact 9: Ferdinand Magellan was inspired by the voyages of Christopher Columbus and decided that he also wanted to make voyages of exploration.

Fact 10: He took part in voyages to India and Africa

Fact 11: Whilst serving on Portuguese ships he had a disagreement with a commanding officer and left the service without prior permission

Fact 12: Ferdinand Magellan lost support from the Portuguese court and went to Spain

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

Fact 14: The King provided a small fleet of five ships - the Trinidad, the San Antonio, the Conception, the Victoria and the Santiago.

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

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

Fact 17: Ferdinand Magellan commanded the Trinidad

Fact 18: Ferdinand Magellan led the 5 ships and 251 men in what was to become the first voyage around the World

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

Fact 20: 13 February 13, 1521: Magellan reaches the Equator

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

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

Fact 23: The Trinidad is captured by the Portuguese, leaving the Victoria as the last remaining ship

Fact 24: 1522, September 6, 1522: The Victoria reached Sanlucar de Barrameda in Spain with only 18 survivors.

Fact 25: The historic voyage of this great explorer had taken nearly three years and had cost 233 lives.

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