Ternate, N Maluku (ANTARA News) - Sail Tidore will be organized in Tidore Islands, North Maluku Province, in 2021 to coincide with a meeting of the Global Network of Magellan Cities (GNMC), according to Ali Ibrahim, the mayor of Tidore.

Tidore will host the 10th meeting of GNMC in July 2021, the mayor stated here, Monday.

Sail Tidore will be organized to coincide with the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world led by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.

At least 22 mayors from 13 countries, visited by Magellan during his expedition, will participate in the meeting.

The GNMC is a network of all cities that the explorer Magellan traveled to on the first-ever journey around the world, promoting collaborative participation and cooperation among the different cities that share the history of Magellan`s first journey.

This network of cities will celebrate the 5th century of Magellan`s journey that took place from 1519 to 1522 and from 2019 to 2022.

Magellan organized the Spanish expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, with five ships provided by King Charles V, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth.

The explorer died in the Battle of Mactan on April 27, 1521. The circumnavigation of Magellan was later completed by Juan Sebastian Elcano, a Spanish explorer with only two ships, Victoria and Trinidad.

Sail Tidore is part of a series of the Sail Indonesia international maritime event organized annually by the Indonesian Government to promote tourism.

Reporting by Abdul Fatah
Editing by Fardah

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