The 16th century explorer who masterminded the first ever voyage to sail round the world and in the process revealed the other side of the world to Europeans.
Get to know Ferdinand Magellan on First Name terms! Find out:
How he named the biggest ocean in the world
How he switched countries from Portugal to Spain
How a penguin got named after him
How he discovered many peoples whether they liked it or not
How he became famous for a voyage he never finished
TEACHERS, INVITE ME FOR
A VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT!
In response to Pandemic restrictions, I have made a video of my presentation available to rent for a fraction of the cost of a live author visit. It is energetic and full of rollicking insight into the Age of Exploration – how spices made Europeans search for sea routes to Asia, how new technology enabled ships to travel farther than they'd ever gone before, how maps reflect the culture of its period. There are a couple of quizzes too!
"History is a many-sided narrative ... The usual reading of this story dismisses as bit players the indigenous people whose lives were changed forever by explorers. It's high time our children are taught to read this narrative critically, ask questions and do the work to find the answers." Candy Gourlay
A replica of the Victoria: the only one of Ferdinand's fleet to survive the voyage.
Photo by Christian Ferrer
Ferdinand is part of the First Names Series published by David Fickling Books – biographies of famous and historical figures.