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

August 30, 2021

Computer Modeling in Use—Video: Ferdinand Magellan Expedition

Simple computer modeling is a game changer in education, certainly history. This video imagines details of Ferdinand Magellan's ships that historians skip over for lack of evidence.  


Picture fifty or more men crowded onto these naos, or carracks, most of them sleeping wherever possible on various decks amid constant activity needed just to feed the crew and keep the vessels sailing.

Enrique of Malacca had also traveled on Portuguese ships after the fall of Malacca, journeying with Magellan back to Portugal, then (probably) Morocco, and then Spain.