Magellan, Ferdinand 1480?-1521. Portuguese navigator. While looking for a western route to the Moluccas (1519), Magellan along with his journey had been blown by storms to the strait that today bears their title (1520). He known as and sailed across the Pacific Ocean, attaining the Marianas and Philippines (1521), where he was killed fighting for an amiable indigenous king. One of his vessels gone back to Spain (1522), thereby doing the very first circumnavigation of the world.
Strait ofMagellan A channel splitting south usa from Tierra del Fuego and other countries south of continent and connecting the south Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the strait in October and November 1520.