Today in History
September 20, 1519
Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, backed by the Spanish Crown, embarks from Spain with 270 men in five ships to find a western passage to the Spice Islands in Indonesia. Credited with being the first to circumnavigate the globe, Magellan crosses the Pacific, having entered it through the strait that now bears his name, but is killed by natives in the Philippines. Navigator Juan Sebastian de Elcano leads the final leg of the expedition. Only 18 men return to Spain, but they carry enough cloves to recoup the expense of the voyage.
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Ferdinand Magellan's global journey gave him fame, but took his life
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