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Ferdinand Magellan

Portuguese name: Fernao de MagalhaesMagellan was born in Portugal, but it was under the Spanish flag that he sailed in 1519 with the intention of reaching the Spice Islands by sailing west around…

Magellan, Ferdinand

(Encyclopedia) Magellan, Ferdinand mjel´n, Port. Fernão de Magalhães, Span. Fernando de Magallanes, c.1480–1521, Portuguese navigator who sailed for Portugal and Spain. Born of a noble family, he…

Magellan, Strait of

(Encyclopedia) Magellan, Strait of, c.330 mi (530 km) long and 212 to 15 mi (4–24 km) wide, separating South America from Tierra del Fuego and other islands south of the continent. Except for a few…

Archduke Ferdinand

Name at birth: Franz Ferdinand Karl Ludwig Josef von Habsburg-LothringenWhatever else he may have done in life, Archduke Franz Ferdinand is known now as the man whose assassination touched off World…

Ferdinand of Aragon

Ferdinand of Aragon and his wife, Isabella of Castille, underwrote the voyages of Christopher Columbus and so established Spain as a powerful force in the New World. The marriage of Ferdinand and…

Ferdinand Marcos

Ferdinand Marcos was president of The Philippines from 1965 until he was forced to flee in 1986 because of popular opposition to his rule by decree. Ferdinand Marcos was in law school when he was…

Myths About Explorers

Most people think……Christopher Columbus discovered America. In fact, the Vikings, led by Leif Ericson, were the first Europeans to land on the coast of North America in the year 1000. Christopher…

Question Mark

Punctuates a direct question: Have you seen the new play yet? Who goes there? But: I wonder who said “Nothing is easy in war.” I asked if they planned to leave.Indicates uncertainty: Ferdinand…

Sir Francis Drake

Francis Drake was chosen by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1577 to command a voyage around the world. Drake was already a successful privateer (or sea pirate), and his voyage was designed to disrupt…

James Cook

Captain James Cook was an English naval explorer whose expeditions in the 1770s charted much of the lands of the Pacific, including New Zealand, Australia and Hawaii. The son of an agricultural…