Ferdinand Magellan

The man who tried to circumnavigate the globe

Erik Riebe


  • Portuguese
  • Born in Sabrosa May 19, 1480
  • Died April 27, 1521
  • Became a page for the queen at a young age
  • He joined the Portuguese service in 1505
  • He had a well trimmed beard and a large nose
  • He was brave, loyal, intelligent, and fearless


  • His parents were members of the Portuguese nobility
  • Son of wealthy Mayor Pedro Ruy de Magalhaes and of Alda de Mezquita
  • He had 5 siblings


  • Magellan was tutored at the court of Portugal
  • One of his teachers was believed to be the cartographer and navigator, Martin Behaim and Magellan become interested in making great voyages of discovery
  • He also studied the maps of Christopher Columbus
  • Studied at Queen Leonora's School of Pages in Lisbon

Important Info

  • Led the first European voyage to sail around the world
  • He was accused of selling/trading illegally with the Moors of Spain
  • The King withheld employment from him so he left to live in Spain


  • Magellan convinced King Charles I of Spain to support his voyage to the Spice Islands
  • He decided to sail westward to get to the Spice Islands (north-east of Indonesia)
  • Took a fleet of 5 ships (one gave up and turned back)
  • He made it to the Philippines where he took part in a local war and was killed
  • The remaining members of the fleet kept going and completed the circumnavigation of the globe
  • Only 18 out of 170 sailors made it and only one ship remained

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