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Ferdinand Magellan
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Explorer
    (1480-April 27, 1521)
    Brought up at the Court of Portugal
    Renounced his nationality and offered his services to Spain
    Discovered numerous Pacific islands, including the Philippines
    First explorer to circumnavigate the globe
    He was known to disobey orders during his time with the Portuguese navy.
    He did not circumnavigate the globe himself, as he was fatally wounded by a poisonous arrow of a native on the island of Mactan (April 27, 1521).
    He renounced his own nationality over a pension dispute.
    He promised King Charles riches beyond his wildest dreams after the voyage was completed.
    What King Charles got was a mild profit, with nobody on the crew of the ships receiving full wages.
    He gained a lot of support from people who disliked Christopher Columbus and Portugal.
    He acquired slaves during his voyage.
    He is referred to in a Dr. Scholl's commercial where someone says 'I am gellan like Magellan.'
    His parents died when he was 10.
    While he did not circumnavigate the globe, he accomplished the most difficult part of that task, going through the Straight of Magellan and into the Pacific Ocean.
    He and his crew was the first European to reach (and the one who named) the Pacific Ocean.
    He had to deal with mutinies with his crew, the wrath of mother nature and the Portuguese navy in order to reach his goal.
    He had to be a fairly brave man, considering he decided to go as far as he did with the contemporary knowledge that the world was flat and not round.
    His voyage saw the first Europeans to see penguins, the Magellanic Clouds, the extent of the Earth and the need for an International date line.
    He conquered some of the most difficult nautical feats of all the centuries.

Credit: Captain Howdy


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