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The Explorer

Renaissance was a time of great explorators. Ferdinand Magellan was no exception as his expedition was the first to complete a circumnavigation of the globe.

Despite the fact that Magellan was the commander of the expedition, he never made it back to Spain himself. He died in the Philipines in 1521. So he never actually 'circumnavigated' the globe.

Almost certainly the first circumnavigator was not a European at all, but one of Magellan's servants and interpreters, native to the East Indies, who joined the voyage in Europe and completed the westward circle when Magellan reached the Philippines.