Ferdinand Magellan Timeline

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  • c. 1480 - 1521
    Life of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
  • c. 1480
    The Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan is born in Villa Real in Tras os Montes.
  • c. 1492
    Ferdinand Magellan joins the royal Portuguese court as a page.
  • 1510
    Ferdianand Magellan assists in the establishment of Portuguese Goa.
  • 1511
    Ferdinand Magellan assists in the establishment of Portuguese Malacca in Malaysia.
  • 1513
    Ferdinand Magellan participates in the Portuguese expeditionary force that attacks Azemmour in Morroco.
  • 1517
    Ferdinand Magellan renounces his Portuguese citizenship and moves to Seville.
  • Mar 1518
    Charles I of Spain formally accepts the proposal of Ferdinand Magellan to sail to Asia via the Americas.
  • 1519 - 1522
    Ferdinand Magellan's expedition circumnavigates the globe for the first time.
  • 1519
    The carrack Victoria is launched in Gipzkoa in Spain. It will be the only ship of Ferdinand Magellan's fleet to circumnavigate the globe.
  • 10 Aug 1519
    Ferdinand Magellan's five-ship fleet leaves Seville to circumnavigate the globe.
  • 3 Oct 1519
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet leaves the Canary Islands.
  • Dec 1519
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet arrives in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 21 Mar 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet winters at San JuliƔn Bay in southern Argentina.
  • May 1520
    Santiago, a ship of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, is wrecked in a storm off the coast of Argentina.
  • 21 Oct 1520 - 28 Nov 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet sails through the Straits of Magellan in Tierra del Fuego.
  • Nov 1520
    San Antonio, a ship in Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, returns to Spain.
  • 18 Dec 1520
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet leaves the coast of South America near Santiago to cross the Pacific Ocean.
  • 24 Jan 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet spots their first land after crossing the Pacific Ocean, an island they call San Pablo.
  • 4 Feb 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet sails through Micronesia.
  • 6 Mar 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet reachs the island of Guam in the Marianas group.
  • 7 Apr 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet reaches the Philippine Islands.
  • 27 Apr 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan is killed in a battle on Cebu in the Philippines.
  • May 1521
    ConcepciĆ³n, a ship in Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, is burned after being deemed unseaworthy.
  • Jul 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet reaches Brunei.
  • 8 Nov 1521
    Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet reaches Tidore, one of the Spice Islands.
  • 21 Dec 1521
    Victoria, one of the two remaining ships of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, leaves the Spice Islands for home.
  • 6 Sep 1522
    Victoria, commanded by Juan Sebastian Elcano and the only surviving ship of the original five of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, returns to Spain.
  • Oct 1522
    Trinidad, the flagship of Ferdinand Magellan's circumnavigation fleet, is captured by the Portuguese in the Spice Islands and wrecked in a storm.