Where Did The Pacific Ocean Get Its Name From?


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Mehreen Misbah answered
The Pacific ocean got its name by an explorer named Ferdinand Magellan, who was one of those many of sailors who were striving to find a more convenient and faster route to reach Asia. The Strait of Magellan is also named after him and the sea through which he sailed was so stormy and rough that it took a duration of a whole month to cross the Strait of Magellan.

The strait started from South Africa and in its southern direction lied the Pacific ocean, which Ferdinand Magellan reached with the five ships under his control and his crew of 250 men in the year 1519. Nevertheless after fighting the stormy waters of the Strait of Magellan, Ferdinand Magellan and his men finally reached an ocean, which was much calmer and smoother as compared to the Strait of Magellan. This calm and peaceful ocean was appealing enough for Ferdinand Magellan to name it Pacific ocean, which is taken in the comprehension of tranquility and serenity.
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n wubker
n wubker commented
I am doing my homework and i can't find the answer to the question: What does the word pacific mean? And then my teacher wrote: (think pacifier)
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Anonymous answered
Pacifica is latin for calm
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Kyoko Katayama
Kyoko Katayama commented
But Magellan was Spanish and spoke Spanish. He named the body of water "El Mar Pacifico", the peaceful ocean.

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