Timeline Description: Ferdinand Magellan was a navigator and explorer. He was the first person to sail around the world. This is a timeline of his life.
|1480||Ferdinand is born
Ferdinand was born near Portugal.
|1490||Ferdinand's parents die
Ferdinand became an orphan when he was 10 years old.
|1492||A job as the queen's messenger
Ferdinand was given the job of messenger in the queen's court. He learned about ships while there.
|1505||A sailing expedition on the ocean
Ferdinand sailed with Portugal's first admiral, Francisco de Almedia.
|1511||Ferdinand makes a second voyage
Ferdinand went on another expedition to Melaka. The Portugese conquered Melaka.
|1512||Ferdinand begins planning his own voyage
Ferdinand decided to try sailing around the world. Portugal wouldn't finance his trip, so he asked the Spanish to help.
|1519||Ferdinand sets sail
Ferdinand left Spain with a ship full of prisoners and other sailors who joined up. It was a hard journey that took many months.
|1520||Ferdinand makes new discoveries
While on their journey, Magellan saw many new sights. He was the first European to spot a "Magellan" penguin, and he saw and named a dwarf galaxy in the sky.
|1520||The Magellan Strait
Ferdinand sailed down the coast of South America to find a path across. He finally found one that he named the Magellan Strait, and he sailed through it.
|1521||Ferdinand's ships land in Guam
Ferdinand's fleet sailed across the Pacific Ocean. They landed in Guam outside of Asia.
Ferdinand found enemies in the Philippine Islands. He was shot with an arrow and pierced with a spear, and he died in the Philippines.
|1522||Ferdinand's ships continue without him
Magellan's fleet of ships continued to the Spice Islands without him, and then they set sail for Spain.
|1522||The ships return home
At the beginning of the voyage there were five ships and 250 men. When they returned to Spain there was only 1 ship and 18 men.
|1800||The Magellan Clouds
One of the galaxies that Ferdinand discovered was later named the Magellan Clouds in his honor.
|2019||The 500 year mark
Historians are planning the 5th Centenary of the first navigation of the globe. Celebrations are being planned around the world.