Ferdinand Magellan

1480 - 1521

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Ferdinand Magellan ( or ; 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 and Hispanic Monarchy's subject from 1518. He is best known for having planned and led the 1519 Spanish expedition to the East Indies across the Pacific to open a maritime trade route in which he discovered the interoceanic passage bearing thereafter his name and achieved the first European navigation from the Atlantic to Asia. This expedition, where Magellan was killed in the Battle of Mactan (present-day Philippines) in 1521, resulted in the first circumnavigation of the Earth when one of the expedition's two remaining ships of five eventually returned to Spain in 1522.Born 4 February 1480 into a family of minor Portuguese nobility, Magellan became a skilled sailor and naval officer and was in service of the Portuguese Crown in Asia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Magellan has received more than 6,086,983 page views. His biography is available in 154 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 149 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, Hernán Cortés, James Cook, Roald Amundsen, Ibn Battuta, Zheng He, and Francis Drake.

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Among people born in 1480, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1After him are Lucrezia Borgia, Matthias Grünewald, Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy, Albrecht Altdorfer, Johann Georg Faust, Lorenzo Lotto, Salaì, Joachim Patinir, Saint Cajetan, Götz von Berlichingen, and Philibert II, Duke of Savoy. 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, Suzanne, Duchess of Bourbon, Leonardo Loredan, Francisco Serrão, and Raffaele Riario.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Ferdinand Magellan ranks 1 out of 479After him are Vasco da Gama (1460), Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467), Fernando Pessoa (1888), António Guterres (1949), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), and Afonso I of Portugal (1109).

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), Fernão Mendes Pinto (1509), Diogo Dias (1450), Tristão da Cunha (1460), Pêro da Covilhã (1450), and Pedro Fernandes de Queirós (1565).