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Ferdinand Magellan was born circa 1480 in Sabrosa Portugal His father was Dom Ruy Magellan a nobleman and sheriff He was married to Donha Alda De Mesquite He was born Ferno de Magalhes but changed it later Ferdinand Magellan had 2 siblings a sister named Isabel and a brother named Diago De Souse This aspiring explorer and adventurer spent his childhood as a page at the Portuguese court doing errands and chores He also went to school at a monastery When he was only 10 years old Magellans parents died About 5 years later the King of Portugal died and Magellans brother-in-law Duke Manuel sometimes called Emanuel was made the king In 1506 Magellan went to the East Indies taking part in many exploratory and military expeditions in the Spice Islands By 1510 he had been promoted to the rank of captain However his military glory ended after he secretly sailed a ship east without permission Because of that Magellan lost his command and had to return to Portugal Magellan was expecting a decent job when he returned but was in for a surprise He only managed to get a lowly job at court much like the one he spent in his childhood Magellan asked the king for a higher paying and more respected job but the king refused From that experience Magellan concluded that the King of Portugal didnt like him one bit It seems that Magellan got his plan for his famous exploration from his voyages in 1506 to the Spice Islands It must have sparked the idea that maybe there was a west route to the Spice Islands instead of the already-proven east route Magellan proposed this idea to the Portuguese king but funding from Portugal was refused Magellan fed up with refusals from Portugal moved to nearby Spain and became a citizen there It was here that Magellan changed his name
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