Ferdinand Magellan – Portuguese sailor in the Spanish service, traveler and discoverer.

He went down in history as an outstanding figure in the history of shipping and geographical discoveries.

His real name is: Fernão de Magalhães.

Ferdynand Magellan interesting facts

1. Ferdinand Magellan was born 539 years ago. He died 498 years ago (data: May 2019).

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2. When he was 10, his parents died.

3. At the age of 12, he became the page of King John II and Queen Eleanor at the royal court in Lisbon.

4. From an early age, he was interested in geography and history.

5. According to some sources, his teacher was a famous German geographer – Martin Behaim.

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6. He first went to sea at the age of 25. He went to India.

7. On May 15, 1514, he was discharged from royal service. Three years later, he renounced his citizenship and left for Spain under the changed name of Fernão de Magalhães to Fernando de Magallanes.

8. On September 20, 1519, he set off on a journey around the world. The Spanish ruler, who sent a fleet after him, did not like this. They failed to catch up with him.

9. On December 6, 1519, he reached the coast of Brazil. He landed near today’s Rio de Janeiro. Friendly natives allowed to replenish supplies.

10. In 1520 he discovered the Strait later called the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego. A year later, he discovered the archipelago of the Philippines.

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Where and when was Ferdinand Magellan born?

Ferdinand Magellan was born on February 3, 1480 in the city of Sabrosa (Portugal).

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How many years did Ferdinand Magellan live?

Ferdinand Magellan lived for 41 years.

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What sign of the Zodiac was Ferdinand Magellan under?


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Where and when did Ferdinand Magellan die?

Ferdinand Magellan died on April 27, 1521 in the city of Mactan (Philippines).

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How did Ferdinand Magellan die?

He was killed by the inhabitants of Mactan Island in the Philippine Archipelago.

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