of Spain was ruler of the Spanish realms from 1516
until his abdication in 1556.
I OF SPAIN
Charles I of Spain provided five
ships to Ferdinand Magellan and his navigator Sebastian Elcano
on their expedition to find a route to the Spice Islands. The commercial
success of the voyage, which became the first circumnavigation of the
World, temporarily enriched Charles by the sale of its
cargo of cloves and laid the foundation for the Pacific oceanic empire of Spain.
As the heir of four of
Europe's leading dynasties, he ruled over
extensive domains in central, western,
and southern Europe, as well as the various
Castilian (Spanish) colonies in the Americas.
eve of his death his realm, which has been described as one in which the sun
never sets, spanned almost 4 million square kilometres.
24 February 1500
to 21 September 1558
First Circumnavigation of the World, 480th Anniversary