this day in the yesteryear: Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519)

Ferdinand Magellan Sets Sail to Circumnavigate Globe (1519)

In 1518, Spanish king Charles I approved navigator Ferdinand Magellan’s plan to sail to the Spice Islands by a western route. On the way, Magellan crossed the “Sea of the South” and renamed it the Pacific Ocean because of the calm crossing. His ambitious voyage proved definitively the roundness of the Earth and revealed the Americas as a new world, separate from Asia. Though Magellan is often credited with being the first to circumnavigate the globe, he never actually returned to Europe. Why? More… Discuss

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