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 ba... More »

The Philippine Islands are located between the equator and the Tropic of Cancer in the Northern Hemisphere. Comprised of over 7,100 islands, the archipelago is situated just off the coast of Southeast Asia and is surroun... More »

The Philippine islands are susceptible to tsunamis when a large enough earthquake occurs within a certain distance and depth of its coast. When large earthquakes occur off its coast, a tsunami warning is typically issued... More »

On April 27, 1521, Ferdinand Magellan died during a battle on the island of Mactan in the Philippines. After his enemies pierced him with a bamboo spear, they attacked him with other weapons while his sailors retreated. More »

Ferdinand Magellan sailed for Portugal originally but went to Spain in 1517 to sail for Spain. Magellan was born in Portugal and only left for Spain because the Portuguese king would not grant his petition to sail to the... More »

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Ferdinand Magellan set sail in order to find a western sea route to the Spice Islands, which are located in Indonesia. He departed with a fleet of five ships and 270 men on Sept. 20, 1519. More »

Some of the most famous explorers include Ferdinand Magellan, Vasco da Gama, Leif Eriksson, Amerigo Vespucci, John White, John Smith, Ernest Shackleton, Giovanni da Verrazzano, Christopher Columbus, Lewis and Clark, Fran... More »

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