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a Portuguese explorer who organised the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth. Born into a wealthy Portuguese family in around 1480, Magellan became a skilled sailor and naval officer and was eventually selected by King Charles I of Spain to search for a westward route to the Maluku Islands (the "Spice Islands").
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08/10/1519-Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Seville with five ships for what will be the first successful circumnavigation of the Earth.
09/20/1519-Ferdinand Magellan starts first successful circumnavigation of world
10/21/1520-Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean) 
11/28/1520-Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean
03/06/1521-Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam
03/16/1521-Ferdinand Magellan lands at Homonhon Island, discovering the Philippines
04/07/1521-Ferdinand Magellan's fleet reaches Cebu 
04/27/1521-Ferdinand Magellan dies from poisoned arrows while fighting the natives of the island of Mactan
09/06/1522-Spanish navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano, aboard the Vittoria, returns to Spain, completing the first circumnavigation of globe begun under Ferdinand Magellan
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