Ferdinand Magellan Thesis

Topics: Christopher Columbus, Spain, Americas, Europe, United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas / Pages: 2 (436 words) / Published: Feb 24th, 2016
Ferdinand Magellan was born in 1480, in northern Portugal. He was the son to a proud father, Rodrigo de Magalhaes. Sadly, Ferdinand’s parents died when he was a mere ten years old. But in some ways it was for the better. For he had become page to Queen Leonor at the Portuguese royal court because of his heritage. The queen and all her adversaries admired his exploration work in his later years, but that all changed. He lost the favor of the Queen when he left for a voyage without permission. One of his voyages he had a crew of 270 men on 5 ships. This voyage that was conducted by Magellan in 1519, was intended to help extend Spain's territory. Ferdinand also was trying to sail around Africa because no one had sailed around Africa before. The voyage was going decent but right when they reached the tip of Africa they found three islands. …show more content…
That night they anchored their ships near the islands and fell asleep on board. While they were asleep the natives, "entered the ships and stole whatever they could lay their hands on", and they even stole, "the small boat that was fastened to the poop of the flagship.", Ferdinand recorded in his journal that morning. He also observed ,"Those people are poor, but ingenious and very thievish, on account of which we called those three islands the islands of Ladroni.". Because of what they had done, Magellan decided he was going to try to convert them to Christianity. They rejected instantly without hesitation. Nothing was changing. So Ferdinand left and continued his journey, but that was not the end of the conflict. One morning on April 27 1527, Magellan returned with a small attack fleet. As he and his crew were fight the the native warriors, which happened to be made up of over 1,500 men, Ferdinand was wounded. His arm was impaled by an airborne spear piercing the the tense air. This spear broke his arm that he fought with, causing him to drop his sword.

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