- ›› Coverage People : Ferdinand Magellan
Ferdinand Magellan, celebrated as the first circumnavigator, has long been the orphan of history. Although he did not survive his famous voyage, Magellan became both an icon of exploration and an outcast—disowned by his native Portugal and by Spain, for whom he sailed. Because of the loss of his voyage’s logbooks, little is known of Magellan’s own views on his adventures or discoveries. Instead, his complex and contested feat is reflected in other documents illuminating his voyage.
Glossary Term – Event
Ferdinand Magellan led a fleet that circumnavigated the globe for the first time, between 1519 and 1522, although Magellan himself was killed in the Philippines.
Glossary Term – Person
Ferdinand Magellan (ca. 1480–1521) was a Portuguese explorer who led the first voyage to circumnavigate the globe. Magellan was unable to secure Portuguese support for his expedition, but in 1518 Spain provided him with five ships for the trip. The fleet set sail from Spain in September 1519. The voyage was completed in 1522, but Magellan did not see its end. In 1521, he was killed in a conflict with the inhabitants of Mactan Island in the Philippines. Magellan wasn’t the only one who perished during the voyage. Only nineteen of his men,...