Ferdinand Magellan

1480 - 1521

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Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese explorer best known for having planned and led the 1519 Spanish expedition to the East Indies across the Pacific Ocean to open a maritime trade route, during which he discovered the interoceanic passage thereafter bearing his name and achieved the first European navigation to Asia via the Pacific. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Magellan has received more than 9,442,652 page views. His biography is available in 168 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 158 in 2019). Ferdinand Magellan is the 3rd most popular explorer, the most popular biography from Portugal and the most popular Portuguese Explorer.

Ferdinand Magellan is most famous for being the first person to circumnavigate the globe.

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Over the past year Ferdinand Magellan has had the most page views in the with 1,265,042 views, followed by French (437,063), and Spanish (370,786). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Tuvan (45,600.00%), (830.23%), and Guarani (430.40%)


Among explorers, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 3 out of 498Before him are Marco Polo, and Christopher Columbus. After him are Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Bartolomeu Dias, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1480, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1After him are Lucrezia Borgia, Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, Matthias Grünewald, Albrecht Altdorfer, Johann Georg Faust, Lorenzo Lotto, Joachim Patinir, Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, Saint Cajetan, Götz von Berlichingen, and Palma Vecchio. Among people deceased in 1521, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1After him are Pope Leo X, Manuel I of Portugal, Josquin des Prez, Juan Ponce de León, Zhengde Emperor, Sebastian Brant, Christina of Saxony, Leonardo Loredan, Francisco Serrão, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, and Raffaele Riario.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1 out of 633After him are Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Cristiano Ronaldo (1985), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), António Guterres (1949), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), and Luís de Camões (1524).

Among EXPLORERS In Portugal

Among explorers born in Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1After him are Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Diogo Cão (1440), Diogo Dias (1450), Diego Columbus (1479), Tristão da Cunha (1460), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).