Monument honors Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) in Punta Arenas, Chile, South America.
A monument honors Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) in Punta Arenas, an important port city on the Strait of Magellan, in Chile, South America. Punta Arenas is the capital city of Chile's southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. Ferdinand Magellan (Spanish: Fernando de Magallanes, Portuguese: Fernão de Magalhães) was a Portuguese explorer who served King Charles I of Spain in search of a westward route to the "Spice Islands" (modern Maluku Islands in Indonesia). Magellan's expedition of 1519-1522 was the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean into and across the Pacific Ocean and first to circumnavigate the Earth. Magellan himself did not complete the entire voyage, as he was killed in the Battle of Mactan in the Philippines. The foot of South America is known as Patagonia, a name derived from coastal giants, Patagão or Patagoni, who were reported by Magellan's 1520s voyage circumnavigating the world and were actually Tehuelche native people who averaged 25 cm (or 10 inches) taller than the Spaniards.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download