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Ferdinand Magellan

1480 - 1521

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Ferdinand Magellan ( mə-GHEL-ən or mə-JEL-ən; Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães, IPA: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃w dɨ mɐɣɐˈʎɐ̃jʃ]; Spanish: Fernando de Magallanes, IPA: [feɾˈnando ðe maɣaˈʎanes]; 4 February 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese explorer. He is 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 bearing thereafter his name and achieved the first European navigation from the Atlantic to Asia. During this voyage, Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan in 1521 in the present-day Philippines, after running into resistance from the indigenous population led by Lapulapu, who consequently became a Philippine national symbol of resistance to colonialism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Magellan has received more than 8,002,763 page views. His biography is available in 158 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 154 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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Among explorers, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 3 out of 405Before him are Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. After him are Vasco da Gama, Amerigo Vespucci, Bartolomeu Dias, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, James Cook, Hernán Cortés, 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, Götz von Berlichingen, Joachim Patinir, Philibert II, Duke of Savoy, Pier Gerlofs Donia, and Salaì. 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, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Francisco Serrão, and Raffaele Riario.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1 out of 555After him are Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), José Saramago (1922), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), António Guterres (1949), Fernando Pessoa (1888), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Pope Damasus I (305).

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), Diego Columbus (1479), Diogo Dias (1450), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), João Gonçalves Zarco (1390), and Tristão da Cunha (1460).