August 10th, 1519, Ferdinand Magellan left Seville with five ships and 270 men. The ships were the Trinidad (Magellan's ship), Victoria, San Antonio, Concepcion, and Santiago.
Don't forget about those riches!
September 20th, 1519, the fleet starts the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to South America. Over the next few months, the crew stops at the Canary Islands, cross the equator, they sight Brazil, and anchor near present day Rio de Janeiro.
Only hundreds of days and thousands of miles to go!
Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? How much longer?
March 1520, the fleet stopped and created a settlement called Puerto San Julian in Argentina. While they were there, two out of five captains attempted mutiny against Magellan. Magellan put an end to the mutiny and sailed on. Shortly after this a storm came and wrecked the Santiago leaving them with four ships .
Oh no! Hope King Charles has ship insurance!
Woo hoo! We did it!
In November 1520, Magellan found the passage he was looking for through South America. It was later named the Strait of Magellan. When they came out the other side of the strait they were in the South Pacific Ocean.
Magellan was here
In March 1521, Magellan and crew reached the Philippinine island of Cebu.They were only about 400 miles from the Spice Islands. The chief of Cebu and the natives got along well. The chief later persuaded Magellan and some crew to help battle their neighboring island of Mactan.
April 27th, 1521, Magellan was sadly killed in the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. His crew sailed on with only two ships and 115 men. After many hardships, only the Victoria made it back to Spain with 18 men in September 1522.