Juan Sebastian Elcano. TABLE OF CONTENTS. Biography Soldier and merchant The Magellan expedition To the Pacific Across the Pacific Death of Magellan Return to Spain Commemoration. Biography.
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Young King Charles V agreed, but on the condition that the skilled sailor and navigator serve with an expedition the King was funding: the search for a new route to the Spice Islands, led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan.
Spices such as cinnamon and cloves were immensely valuable in Europe at the time and a shorter route would be worth a fortune to whoever found it. The fleet set sail in September of 1519 and made its way to Brazil.
In the Philippines, unfortunately, Magellan was one of several Europeans killed in the ensuing battle. Elcano was now second in command of the Victoria, under Juan Carvalho . They decided to destroy the Concepción and head back to Spain in the two remaining ships: the Trinidad and the Victoria.