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Around 1480 in northern Portugal Ferdinand Magellan was born to Alda de Mesquita and Rodrigo de Malgalhes He was the third born child and had three sisters and a brother When Ferdinand was growing up his parents were nobles even though they were also poor For his future this meant that he and his siblings were going to be educated by the king and queen Magellans parents died when he was 10 years old At 12 years old he was sent to Lisbon to become a page for Queen Leonor While attending school at the royal court he studied geography and became interested in explorersDespite of his Portuguese heritage Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Spain This was mainly because King Manuel of Portugal did not meet Ferdinands demands and informed him that he could serve a different king He met King Charles I of Spain through his friend David Barbosa who knew the king King Charles was 18 years old at the time Ferdinand first met him Magellan explained to the king that he wanted to reach the Spice Islands using a sea passage and that he could bring riches to Spain The king was impressed and interested in his planUpon agreeing to help Magellan on March 22 1518 King Charles provided him with five ships and money along with Ruy de Faleira who was a famous astronomer of that time period Ferdinand Magellan agreed that King Charles of Spain would get four fifths of the treasures they brought back while he would be left with the rest Ferdinand was pronounced commander of the expedition and captain general of the fleet King Manuel soon heard of Magellans plans and was concerned that Portugal would lose its money and power provided that Ferdinand would find another route to the Spice Islands To relieve this issue King Manuel sent spies to delay Magellan in his plan In fact several of the men who were sailing with Magellan were
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