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

May 14, 2022

Video Find: Elcano-Magellan Circumnavigation (Henry of Malacca)



This is a fun but cheesy dramatization of Enrique of Malacca using a Frankenstein-like collection of clips from other films. See the list of films the clips were taken from below.

It's a commendable effort, but beware of inaccurate historical details in the English subtitles. For instance, Ferdinand Magellan was not "dishonorably discharged" after a Malacca campaign. First, that wasn't a thing in 16th century Portugal, and second, Magellan later served the Portuguese king in battle in Morocco, where he was seriously wounded. It was that and other humiliations that prompted Magellan to defect to Spain.


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Elcano-Magellan Circumnavigation (Henry of Malacca)