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Sailing the high seas offered excitement, danger, and sometimes, the chance to become very rich.


These men and women are famous for their ocean adventures.



1.  Ferdinand Magellan

Magellan is sometimes thought of being the first person to sail around the world. However, he died during the voyage, and 18 surviving sailors completed the trip. It took 3 years.



2. Captain John Smith 

Smith was a soldier and explorer and came to America in 1607. He became friends with the native princess Matoaka, better known as Pocahontas. John Smith held the rank of captain because of his army service, not  because he was the captain of a ship.



3. Alexander Selkirk

Selkirk, a Scottish sailor, was marooned on an island off the coast of Chile in South America. He was rescued four years later and his story became the inspiration for the book Robinson Crusoe.



4. Grace O'Malley

(Gráinne Ní Mháille)

O'Malley was an Irish pirate. She attacked ships and castles along the coast, and fought against the English, who wanted to rule Ireland.


John Smith. Line engraving after Simon De Passe, 18th century. Courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.

George Gower. The "Sieve" portrait of Elizabeth I. Oil on panel, 1579.

Did you know?

Irish pirate Grace O'Malley met with Queen Elizabeth I in 1593 to negotiate a truce. Some people think the two women spoke in Latin, since Grace O'Malley did not speak English and the queen did not speak Irish.

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