It was the first great global event. The expedition of Fernando de Magallanes - Magellan - and Juan Sebastián Elcano set out from Seville in 1519 and ended in 1522 after circling the globe. Spain is commemorating it with a programme of exhibitions, concerts, conferences and even a tour of various ports in a ship like the ones that first sailed around the world.
Spain was the starting point of a voyage which would take three years and become a historic milestone. Five ships, with a crew of over 230 men, began a voyage to the Spice Islands (part of what is now Indonesia) in search of new routes, which ended in 1522 after they had sailed all the way around the world.