Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese noble, set out from Spain with five ships and a crew filled with men from Africa, Europe, and Southeast Asia. The fleet reached the coast of South America and they searched for a bay that would lead to the Pacific. In 1520, his ships entered a bay at the southern tip of South America. Ignoring the weather, Magellan charted a passage known as the Strait of Magellan. The ships emerged from here into the 'South Sea', which he renamed the Pacific Ocean.