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Sunday, August 10, 1519. :   Ferdinand Magellan leaves Seville on his first leg of the journey to circumnavigate the world.

     Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese sea explorer. He was born in 1480, and at age 12 he became a page to King John II and Queen Eleonora at the royal court at Lisbon. Here he was able to pursue his academic interest in astronomy and geography. He first went to sea when he was 20, and gained much seafaring experience over the next 10 years. He was the first to sail from Europe westwards to Asia, and the first European to sail the Pacific Ocean.

On 10 August 1519, five ships under Magellan's command left Seville to commence their journey to circumnavigate the world. Magellan waited in Spain for five weeks whilst the Spanish authorities switched his crew of mostly Portugese men with a Spanish crew. On 20 September 1519, Magellan set sail to circumnavigate the world. His fleet reached the Philippines a year and a half later. Whilst Magellan was well received by many of the people, he died on 27 April 1521 during a battle with an indigenous group. 18 members of his crew and one ship of the fleet returned to Spain in 1522, having completed Magellan's aspirations of circumnavigating the globe.

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