Here is some text about my explorer!

By: Erica Nelson

   Ferdinand Magellan was born in 1480 in Lisbon, Portugal into a family that was not very noble but his father’s grandmother was noble. Ferdinand’s father’s name was Pedro Ruy de Magelhaes and his mother’s name was Alda de Mesquita.He also had a brother named Diago and a sister named Isabel. His parents died when he was ten or twelve years old.

Ferdinand Magellan’s goals were to find a western route to the Spice Islands, to see South America and the animals there. The things that he actually accomplished were that he was

the first person to circumnavigate the globe, he named the Straits of Magellan and the Pacific Ocean, and he was with the fleet that captured Malacca. He named the Pacific Ocean Pacific because pacify means calm and he did not run into any storms when he went through it even though the Pacific Ocean is not calm.

    When Ferdinand Magellan was twelve years old he went to the palace in Lisbon, Portugal. He went there to study latin, maps, arithmetic, astronomy, and to fight with swords and lances. while he was at the palace he and his brother, Diago, were pages for the queen.

    When he was twenty-five years old he joined the navy and fought in the Spice Wars. Also when he was twenty-five, he sailed to the East Indies. In 1510 he became captain and he was with the fleet that captured Malacca.

    In 1518 he prepared five ships and left from Seville, Spain to circumnavigate the globe. When he left he had 240 men. In 1519 he found the Straights of Magellan. In 1520 he named the Pacific Ocean.

    He was killed during his circumnavigation in 1521 and his crew came back to Spain with one ship and eighteen men.


Ferdinand Magellan

Remake of one of Ferdinand Magellan’s ships

Fast Facts

  1. Explored 1519-1521

  2. Sponsored by Spain

  3. Born in Portugal

  4. Goals - find a western route to the Spice Islands, see South America, see the animals in South America

  5. Accomplishments - circumnavigated the globe, found the Straights of Magellan, named the Pacific Ocean, when he was twenty-five he went to the East Indies, helped capture Malacca

Ferdinand Magellan’s Route