Maritime History Quiz Questions With Answers
1. Who is often credited with being the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe?
a. Christopher Columbus
b. Ferdinand Magellan
c. Vasco da Gama
d. Marco Polo
Correct Answer: b. Ferdinand Magellan
Explanation: Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer, is often credited with being the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. He began the expedition in 1519, but he was killed during the journey. His fleet, led by Juan Sebastián Elcano, completed the circumnavigation in 1522.
Why other options are not correct:
a. Christopher Columbus is known for his voyages to the Americas, but he did not circumnavigate the globe.
c. Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese explorer who established a sea route to India but did not circumnavigate the globe.
d. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant and explorer, but he did not circumnavigate the globe either.