Hello my friends, my name is Ferdinand Magellan and I am Portuguese, I worked for the king and when I asked for as pay raise I was denied, so I went to work for Spain instead. On September 20th of the year 1529 I left Spain to go look for new land. I made it to Brazil and hoped to find a river connecting it to the western ocean, however we were unsuccessful so my fleet and I docked in San Julian for the winter. During our stay we had a munity and my men and I killed three of the other captains.
In August of 1520 we left San Julian and traveled to the tip of South America. We went in-between South America and Antarctica, along a small strip of sea that we named the Straight of Magellan. Then we finally reached the western sea! We were used to the choppy seas so we named this new sea we found the pacific, which means peaceable. We continued north until we reached Guam, this was March 16th, in the year 1521. Unfortunately, a bought of scurvy racked my loyal crew and many of them died. We then were forced to sail on when then we found the Philippines! I claimed this new land for Spain.
There were many islands in this new land and a leader from one of them, the island of Cebu wished to help the Spanish empire, and I was very grateful for I did not want to cause to much conflict. Then on April 27th, 1521we attempted to take over another island, using force, and many of my men, including myself were killed.'
My crew continued on and did eventually reach the Spice Islands on November 8th, 1521. We were the first Europeans to circumnavigate the globe!
World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras, s.v. "European exploration," accessed March 11, 2013. http://ancienthistory.abc-clio.com/.