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Who was the first person to sail around the world?



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Joshua Slocum was the first to sail around the world single-handedly. The first group of people to complete a circumnavigation of the world were under the command of Juan Sebastian De Elcano and 18 crewmen of the 'Victoria' who completed in 1522 the expedition started by Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was killed in the Philippines so never finished the trip.