Early in 1516, Ferdinand Magellan wanted to explore a faster route to the Spice Islands. At the time, spices were highly valued and at the center of the world's economy.
I am on my way to see King Manuel I and Queen Maria of Portugal to see if they would support my next expedition.
From previous expeditions, King Manuel I was not a big supporter of Magellan.
Your majesty, I was hoping you would lend me the supplies to make a trip to see if I could find a western sea route to the Spice Islands?
Magellan did not fulfill his wish of exploring under the Portugal flag. In the 15th century, Spain had been financing several different explorations.
I am disappointed that they rejected me. I will try Spain next then.
In October 1517, Magellan arrived in Seville, Spain. Within the year he got married and a year later had his first son, Rodrigo. From connections through his wife's family, he soon had an appointment to meet the king of Spain.
Hopefully I'll have better luck here in Spain!
Your Majesty, will you support my exploration to find the quickest western sea route to the Spice Islands? I promise this voyage could bring great wealth and riches to the country of Spain.
Um... of course. What king doesn't like money?
At just 18 years old, King Charles I granted his support to Magellan. He was the grandson of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who funded Columbus' expedition.
On March 22nd, 1519, King Charles approved Magellan's voyage. Magellan would now spend the next five months getting his ships and crew members ready for the voyage.
I am so excited for the trip that I have always been waiting for!