Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ferdinand Magellan

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan lived from 1480 - 1521. He is best known for naming the Pacific (Peaceful) Ocean and for being the first to "circumnavigate" the Earth.

After navigating through the difficult Straights that bear is name he entered the Pacific Ocean and by comparison to what he had just endured it did seem Peaceful.

He did not actually make it around the Earth. He was killed in what is now the Philippines. He was showing off his military skills for tribe he had made an alliance with and was overwhelmed and killed. His ship did make it all the way back home but without him.

Spain built a monument to his death on the Philippine island where he was killed, ironically it is in the city of Datu Lapu-Lapu, which is the name of the man who killed him.

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