Magellan, as he is better known in English, or Fernão de Magalhães, got his place in history mostly due to being the first to circumnavigate Earth. Magalhães was born in Portugal sometime around 1480 and later died in 1521. He served Portugal during most of his young life, only deciding to leave and work for the Spanish kingdom after being barred by the Portuguese king, Dom Manuel I. The statue of Magalhães, near downtown Lisbon at the Praça do Chile, was an offer from the Chilean government to the Portuguese people.
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- Nearest Train: Arroios