Enrique of Malacca Enrique of Malacca was the first person to circumnavigate the globe linguistically—he traveled so far in one direction (west) that he came to a place where his own language was spoken. Enrique may have also circumnavigated the globe completely, a full circle of the earth beginning and ending in Malacca or somewhere in the Philippines. 

Enrique departed Malacca on the Malay Peninsula in 1512 or 1513, taken as a slave by Ferdinand Magellan after the 1511 Portuguese invasion of the area trade hub. They went first to Lisbon and later to Spain before departing on the Magellan-Elcano expedition that first circled the globe. Enrique was last seen by Magellan's fleet at Cebu (Philippines), some 2,600 kilometers from Malacca.

1558 Carrack Pieter Bruegel the Elder

February 13, 2021

Ferdinand Magellan Voyages of Discovery - Circumnavigation Part 2/4

Part 2 of "Ferdinand Magellan Voyages of Discovery" follows the armada down the South American coast for three months to a bay Magellan named Puerto San Julian, where in March 1520 they stopped for the winter.

Here, low morale and conspiracy among Castilian captains led to a mutiny, Magellan punished its leaders, and the fleet made contact with "the Patagonian giants,"  likely Tehuelches, an indigenous people in the region.

This segment includes excellent footage aboard the modern-day replica of Nao Victoria. It offers a fair idea of how uncomfortable a voyage Magellan's crew had.

The handful that completed the journey had spent three years living aboard this and the other ships of the armada. 


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