First Circumnavigation in the News

September 8 was the 500-year anniversary of the first circumnavigation, the day the Victoria was brought from Sanlúcar de Barrameda up river to Seville. Here’s a look at the headlines surrounding the commemoration.

This the first time people circumvented the globe by air, land and sea

Circumnavigation is an entire voyage around a whole continent, island or any astronomical body like a moon or a plane. Plenty of people have traveled to many countries globally, if not all, on their bucket list. Well, some people took it a notch higher by circumnavigating the globe for different reasons than leisure like most of us. 


The Magellan-Elcano expedition was initially documented as the first-time man circumvented the world. Ferdinand Magellan began his voyage in 1519 from Sanlucar de Barrameda, Spain, and came back in 1522 after crossing the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans.


Consequently, it prompted the initial aerial circumnavigation in 1942. From the upsurge of commercial aviation in the dawn of the 20th century, circumnavigating the globe has gotten easy, typically taking up days instead of years. 

The Machines That Made 500 Years of Circumnavigation Possible

On this day 500 years ago, the Nao Victoria completed the world’s first circumnavigation. Half a millennium later, we’re still finding new ways to traverse the globe.


On September 6, 1522, a Spanish carrack named Nao Victoria arrived in the coastal waters of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain. Although carracks were a common sight on the Atlantic, the Victoria was one-of-kind because it had done something no ship had ever achieved—it had traveled the entire globe.


Of the original five ships that set out from Spain three years earlier under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, only the Victoria survived the journey. Even Magellan, who originally set out to find western sea routes to Indonesia, didn’t live to see his home country again. It was the Basque navigator Juan Sebastián de Elcano who finished what Magellan had started.


The daring adventures and harrowing dangers of the Magellan-Elcano expedition were just a prologue for the next 500 years of exploration, as humans dreamed up new ways to traverse the entire planet, whether by land, sea, air, or beyond. Although all these globe-trotting treks took place in different eras and circumstances, they all required the same three ingredients: bravery, willpower, and unbelievably impressive engineering.

Magellan and the world's first circumnavigation

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan died before his fleet completed the first circumnavigation of the Earth 500 years ago, on September 6, 1522.

The first circumnavigation of the world was unwittingly initiated by Ferdinand Magellan. He however died before the historical feat was achieved 500 years ago, on September 6, 1522.


A battle-hardened knight and hardy sailor at a young age, Magellan never would have imagined he would be the one to make the key contribution to travelling around the globe.


The gruesome true story behind the first circumnavigation of the globe


From mutiny to murder, only 18 of the 270 seamen made it back to Seville 500 years ago – here’s the horror behind the harrowing expedition ...

Magellan’s Odyssey Around the World: The Passion to Reach the Spice Islands and His Tragic Death


For the Portuguese who was disfigured after breaking up with his king, and who was paralyzed from a wound he had received while fighting the Moors at Azmor, on the Mediterranean coast of Morocco, 1517 was a busy year. Hernando de Magellan, born in Porto, shares his energy in arranging his wedding Beatriz de Barbosa y Calderadaughter of a commander, and in persuading the young Spanish emperor Carlos I of Spain and V of the Holy Roman Empire To re-release the campaign Solis attempted: Access the Moluccas Islands known as the Island of Spices. But the opposite route is known till then.


It was important – to reach royal approval – the financial support of Haro’s Christopher, a banker who financed various campaigns. sailor who had some maps of South America drawn by cosmographers Martin Beham and geographer and cartographer Martin Waldseemüllerdeveloped the project in collaboration with a Portuguese astronomer cotton falero …

Tall ship docks in Ogdensburg [New York] for first time in 10 years

The Nao Trinidad is a historical replica of a 1500s Spanish ship. The original was commanded by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, who used it to sail around the world.

The Ending Of Uncharted – Explained!


The film “Uncharted,” based on the popular video game franchise, tells the narrative of rugged explorer Nathan Drake. Nathan, played by Tom Holland, is a street-smart bartender in New York when he is approached by Victor “Sully” Sullivan (Mark Wahlberg) about collaborating to discover Ferdinand Magellan’s missing riches. Sully reveals that he used to work with Nate’s brother, Sam.


The vicious Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) and a dangerous mercenary called Braddock to compete with Sully and Nate to discover the treasure (Tati Gabrielle). However, towards the conclusion of the second act, when the entire ensemble of characters is on a plane destined for the Philippines, Braddock reveals her real colors, slashing Moncada’s neck so she may take the treasure alone. At this moment, she and her henchmen become aware of Nate, Sully, and their comrade Chloe (Sophia Ali), who have stowed away.

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On March 28, 1521, Enrique of Malacca became the first person to complete a
linguistic circumnavigation of the globe—he traveled so far in one direction that he reached a point where his language was spoken. Enrique’s journey began a decade earlier following the sack of Malacca, when he became a slave of Ferdinand Magellan. A teenager, he accompanied Magellan back to Portugal, then to Spain, and finally on the Armada de Molucca to locate a westward route to the Spice Islands.  Read more:

Ferdinand Magellan’s historic journey swept up several unlikely travelers along the way, among them a seven-year-old boy at Guanabara Bay (Rio de Janeiro). Half-Portuguese, half-Tupi Indian, he is remembered in history as Joãozito Lopes Carvalho. The young boy became the first native of Brazil and likely all of South America to cross the Pacific Ocean—on a year-and-a-half journey that for him ended at Brunei five hundred years ago this summer.

Joãozito was the son of João de Lopes Carvalho and a Tupi Indian woman in what is now Brazil. A Portuguese pilot, João Carvalho had traveled to Guanabara Bay in 1512 on the Bertoa, a commercial vessel sent to pick up dyewood there. A decade earlier a Portuguese fleet had landed at Guanabara Bay and claimed the area for Portugal, naming it Rio de Janeiro for the month they arrived, January 1502. Read more.

Antonio Pigafetta's account of the Magellan-Elcano voyage gives us both first-hand historical detail and color—the human aspects of the journey. The Italian scholar learned all he could about the cultures that Magellan's fleet encountered, even sitting down and recording samples of languages.

An excellent example of Pigafetta's curiosity and fascination is his description of the coconut and the palm tree, which he learned about soon after the fleet's arrival in the Philippines. Like the pineapple Magellan tried in Rio, the coconut was an unknown. "Cocoanuts are the fruit of the palmtree. Just as we have bread, wine, oil, and milk, so those people get everything from that tree. Read more.

A handful of medieval travelogues were the closest thing Ferdinand Magellan had to a travel guide when he sought a westward route to Asia—accounts credited to Marco Polo, John Mandeville, and others, and those all echoed the same monsters and myths repeated since the time of Pliny the Elder, the Roman author whose Naturalis Historiae helped inspire the encyclopedia.

It gets little mention today, but The Travels of Sir John Mandeville was a world atlas of sorts in medieval Europe, essential reading for navigators and explorers. The accounts became circulated widely in Europe in the fourteenth century. They detail travels in North Africa and the Middle East, and in India, China, and even the Malay Peninsula—which would have been of particular interest to Ferdinand Magellan, and also Enrique of Malacca, Magellan’s interpreter-slave. Read more.