He was given 5 old ships – the Santiago, the Victoria, the Concepcion, the Trinidad and the San Antonio. To remember ships: (Sailing Very Close To South America)
He had a crew of 270 men who were mostly Spanish and didn’t like having a Portuguese captain.
Aug 1519 he sets sail from Seville in Spain.
He stopped in the Canaries for fresh water and food.
They sailed down along the coast of South America looking for a passage to the Pacific. They sailed up every inlet hoping it would be a passage through South America. They tasted the water as they went to see if it was fresh or salty.
They wintered at Port St Julian.
The 3 Spanish captains mutinied (revolted) against Magellan. Magellan crushed the mutiny ruthlessly. 2 captains were killed and a 3rd was left stranded on the mainland.
One of the ships the Santiago was shipwrecked looking for a route to the Pacific.
Finally they found an opening. Today it is called after him. The Straits of Magellan. After he had made it through the narrow channel he discovered that the San Antonio had deserted with most of the supplies and headed to Spain