Magellan, Ferdinand (14701521)

Magellan, Ferdinand, Portuguese navigator; served his country first in the East Indies and Morocco, but dissatisfied with King Manuel's treatment of him, offered himself to Spain; under Charles V.'s patronage he and Ruy Falero set out to reach the Moluccas by the west in 1519; he reached the Philippines, and died in battle in Matan; on this voyage he discovered the Magellan Strait, 375 m. long and 15 m. wide, between the South American mainland and Tierra del Fuego; he gave name to the Pacific from the calm he exceptionally, it appears, experienced on entering it (14701521).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

Magdeburg * Magellanic Clouds
Maelström
Mænades
Mæonides
Maestricht
Maeterlinck, Maurice
Mafeking
Maffia
Magdala
Magdalene, Mary
Magdeburg
Magellan, Ferdinand
Magellanic Clouds
Magendie, François
Magenta
Maggiore, Lago
Magi
Magi, the Three
Magic
Maginn, William
Magliabecchi
Magna Charta