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Who named the Strait of Magellan?

Who named the Strait of Magellan?

Ferdinand Magellan
The Strait of Magellan is named after Ferdinand Magellan, the first European to navigate the Strait in 1520. Magellan was a Portuguese navigator who was sailing under a Spanish flag in an attempt to find a westerly route to the Spice Islands (the Maluku Islands).

What was named after Ferdinand Magellan?

Explorer Ferdinand Magellan named the Pacific Ocean in the 16th Century. When Magellan and his crew entered the Pacific Ocean after their long journey, they thought that the Spice Islands were close at hand.

Where is the Strait of Magellan in South America?

The Strait of Magellan (Estrecho de Magallanes) is a passage located at the southern tip of South America, among the Chilean Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego Island and a number of islands to the West. It is the most important natural passage between the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.

When did Magellan discover the Magellan Strait?

1520
The archipelago was discovered by the navigator Ferdinand Magellan in 1520, when he sailed through the strait named after him and called the region Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire).

What is the name of the Strait at the bottom of South America?

Strait of Magellan
The Strait of Magellan (Spanish: Estrecho de Magallanes), also called the Straits of Magellan, is a navigable sea route in southern Chile separating mainland South America to the north and Tierra del Fuego to the south. The strait is considered the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

The Strait of Magellan is a 350-mile navigable passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans located at the southern extremity of South America.

Who was the first explorer to discover South America?

LA CONDAMINE, CHARLES MARIE de. On this trip, Ojeda and Vespucci discovered the mouth of the Amazon and Orinoco Rivers in South America, thinking it was part of Asia. On his second expedition (sailing for Portugal, 1501-02) he mapped some of the eastern coast of South America, and came to realize that it not part of Asia, but a New World.

Who was the first explorer to sail around the world?

Ferdinand Magellan (1480-1521) was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition that sailed around the Earth (1519-1522). Magellan also named the Pacific Ocean (the name means that it is a calm, peaceful ocean). For more on Magellan, click here .

Who was the Florentine explorer who named America?

The famous Florentine navigator, the man who is often overshadowed by Columbus, is the one who further confirmed Columbus’ ‘discoveries’ and gave his name to the continent. He is Amerigo Vespucci, and here is his story. Portrait of Amerigo Vespucci with a map. Possibly painted by Cristofano dell’Altissimo.