Ferdinand magellan was born in portugal either in the city of porto or in sabrosa circa 1480 his parents were members of the portuguese nobility and after their deaths magellan became a page . Ferdinand magellan ferdinand magellan portuguese navigator and explorer who sailed under the flags of both portugal and spain from spain he sailed around south america discovering the strait of magellan and across the pacific though he was killed in the philippines one of his ships continued westward to spain completing the first circumnavigation of earth. Ferdinand magellan was a portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to circumnavigate the globe like many of his contemporaries magellan set out to discover a western sea route to the
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