Juan Sebastián del Cano

Cano, Juan Sebastián del (hwän sābästyänˈ dĕl käˈnō) [key], c.1476–1526, Spanish navigator, the first to circumnavigate the globe. Under Magellan he commanded the Concepción and after Magellan's death in the Philippines took command of the expedition. From the Philippines to the Molucca islands Cano sailed new waters, arriving in Spain with the Victoria and 18 men on Sept. 6, 1522. He set out in 1525 on a second voyage to the Moluccas by Magellan's route but died while crossing the Pacific.

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