According to the Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations, the European discoverer of the Philippines was Ferdinand Magellan. He discovered the Philippines on March 15, 1521. Evidence of human habitation of the islands dates back as far as 250,000 years ago.
Experts believe that the Negritos crossed land bridges from Borneo and Sumatra to the Philippines around 30,000 years ago. Malays were later migrants from the south, eventually outnumbering the Negritos. Arab traders made contact with the southern Philippine islands in the 14th century. Magellan attempted to claim the islands for Spain after discovering them in 1521 but was killed in battle by Filipino chieftain Lapulapu. Spain launched an invasion of the islands in 1565.Learn More
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer famous for being the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. His expedition also helped prove that the globe could be circumnavigated by ship.Full Answer >
Ferdinand Magellan traveled more than 42,000 miles and led the first successful expedition to circumnavigate the Earth. According to New World Encyclopedia, the exact distance he traveled around the world was 14,460 leagues (43,400 miles or 69,800 kilometers), which took him a little longer than three years.Full Answer >
Ferdinand Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition that circumnavigated the Earth by sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. He is also known for naming the Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
The nation of the Philippines is located on the western edge of the Pacific Ocean and the eastern edge of the South China Sea. The Philippines is southeast of the Asian mainland, north of Australia and northeast of Indonesia.Full Answer >