…today, Ferdinand Magellan, in command of 5 ships and 270 men, sailed from Spain and headed west. The plan was to reach the Pacific spice islands and thus thwart the Portuguese who controlled the eastern routes to southern Asia.
Since the end of this voyage, almost three years later, Magellan has been credited with the first complete circumnavigation of the globe. However, it needs to be remembered that he himself died along the way in a battle in the Philippines when a group of islanders objected to his attempts to convert them to Christianity.
Just one of his ships and barely 20 crewmen eventually made it back to Spain in April 1521. The captain of this ship, Juan Sebastian Elcano, is barely remembered.