Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

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When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didn't know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate Magellan's life and voyage, with sidebars and a time line that enhance readers' understanding of the period.

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When Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Spain in 1519, he believed he could get to the Spice Islands by sailing west through or around the New World. He was right, but what he didn't know was that the treacherous voyage would take him three years and cost him his life. Black-and-white line drawings illustrate Magellan's life and voyage, with sidebars and a time line that enhance readers' understanding of the period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756946159
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Who Was...? Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 444,061
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

To Hopey, who’s been around the world too—S.K.

For Bill—E.W.

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Who Was Ferdinand Magellan?

Imagine a time when no one was sure the Earth was round … when people believed they’d topple over the edge if they sailed too far from home. Imagine a time when most people didn’t know there was a Pacific Ocean. Go back five hundred years, when whole continents were still undiscovered, when people thought the Earth was tiny and that monsters swam through its waters. Yet one man decided to sail his ship through unknown seas and discover what was out there.

He was not the first to make such a perilous voyage. But he went farther and stayed away longer than anyone had before. Because of his brains and courage, he is known for being the first man to circumnavigate—sail around—the globe.

Who was he?

Ferdinand Magellan.

Chapter 1
The Boy Becomes a Man

Sometime around 1480 in Portugal, a boy named Ferdinand was born to the Magellan family. The Magellans were of noble blood, but they had little money or power. They owned a farm far from the sea. This was where Ferdinand, the youngest of three children, grew up. Their house wasn’t fancy: The family lived on the top floor and their cows, goats, sheep, and chickens lived on the bottom.

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Table of Contents

Who Was Ferdinand Magellan? 1
The Boy Becomes a Man 3
War Hero 18
A New King Listens 23
Getting Ready 33
Tricky Seas 45
Frozen In 58
The Pacific 70
The Crossing 80
The Last Battle 89
End of the Journey 96
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    Who Was Ferdinand Magellan

    I read Who Was Ferdinand Magellan and really enjoyed it. I learned a lot about Magellan in this. This was a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    very good!

    i like this book it is very good you should read it if you are between the ages of 10 and 12 it is a very interesting book.

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