May 15, 2022

Podcast Find: Felipe Fernández-Armesto Speaks on Magellan for BBC History Magazine

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The British historian Felipe Fernández-Armesto is interviewed in this podcast on the story of Ferdinand Magellan. In his new book Straits: Beyond the Myth of Magellan, Fernández-Armesto describes Magellan as largely a failure. 



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Was Enrique of Malacca Filipino?

Enrique of Malacca's origin is a subject of debate. Three places are considered possible: Malacca, then a major trade hub on the Malay Peninsula; Sumatra, the large island adjacent to Malacca; and the Visayan Islands in the (modern-day) Philippines. The evidence points to Malacca, though chronicler Antonio Pigafetta said Sumatra, and some scholars believe it's possibly Enrique was from the Visayan Islands in the modern-day Philippines? See the historical evidence in this post: Where was Enrique of Malacca from, Malacca or the Philippines?