Ferdinand Magellan

The Greatest World Explorer

Ferdinand's Early Life

Ferdinand Magellan

Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese Explorer born in 1480 in Sabrosa, Portugal.  He was married to María Caldera Beatriz Barbosa! Magellan had two kids with his lovely wife. Their two little boys names were Carlos and Rodrigo.

Magellan's family had ties with the royal family, so when his parents died he became a page to the Portuguese Queen. Him being the page to the Portuguese queen allowed him to become educated and learn about the various Portuguese exploration expeditions. Magellan was the one who organized the Spanish expedition to the East Indies. Then on April 27, 1521 Ferdinand Magellan died in Mactan, Philippines.

Magellan's Achievements and Discoveries

Thinklink of Ferdinand Magellan's 5 Ships Above!

Ferdinand Magellan's Route

Ferdinand led the first expedition to sail around the globe. He meant to find a western sea route to the spice island in Indonesia. But instead he ended up proving that the world was round and bigger than anyone imagined! Later on Ferdinand joined a Portuguese fleet that led him to East Africa, there he fought ships in the Battle of Diu.


On August 15, 1519, Magellan sent about 270 men on five ships. The five ships names where: The Trinidad (Magellan commanded this one), The San Antonio, The Victoria, The Conception, and the Santiago. They tried finding a water passage without going around Cape Horn.

Magellan's Impact on The World

Ferdinand Magellan proved that sailing around the whole world was possible, which if he had not then nobody would have dared to travel around the world today!

Another Impact was He found some Llamas, alpacas, Vicuñas, Guanacos, and penguins during his circumnavigation voyage, and then he told people back in Portugal and that has influenced on our knowledge of these animals today. That's why we learn about them in school!

And lastly the greatest impact Magellan had on our world was...Ferdinand Magellan named the largest ocean in the world, The Pacific Ocean, if he wouldn't have named it then we wouldn't be exploring or learning about it today.

Timeline of Magellan

From Ferdinand Magellan's birth to death!

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