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Juan Sebastián Elcano was a Basque navigator, subject of the Kingdom of Castile. He is best known for completing the first world circumnavigation in History. Elcano was a naval commander subject of Charles I of Castile and he completed the voyage that the Portuguese-born (and trained) naval commander and navigator Ferdinand Magellan inspired, planned, organized and led for Castile to reach the Spice Islands sailing westwards from Europe. He brought one of Magellan's ships, the Victoria, back to Seville with 18 survivors, on September 8, 1522, after a journey of three years and one month. Elcano led the sailing home to Spain after Magellan was killed during a fight with natives in the Philippine Islands on April 27, 1521. Actually the Victoria was the only ship of Magellan's original expeditionary fleet to make it back to Europe after crossing the Pacific Ocean.

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Juan Sebastián Elcano was a Basque navigator, subject of the Kingdom of Castile. He is best known for completing the first world circumnavigation in History. Elcano was a naval commander subject of Charles I of Castile and he completed the voyage that the Portuguese-born (and trained) naval commander and navigator Ferdinand Magellan inspired, planned, organized and led for Castile to reach the Spice Islands sailing westwards from Europe. He brought one of Magellan's ships, the Victoria, back to Seville with 18 survivors, on September 8, 1522, after a journey of three years and one month. Elcano led the sailing home to Spain after Magellan was killed during a fight with natives in the Philippine Islands on April 27, 1521. Actually the Victoria was the only ship of Magellan's original expeditionary fleet to make it back to Europe after crossing the Pacific Ocean. More...

 
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