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

About Enrique's Voyage

Enrique's Voyage is a research project exploring Enrique of Malacca's circumnavigation of the globe and the wide range of history he traveled through. This was a ten-year journey that brought Enrique, a Malay slave, from Portugal's colonial entrance into Southeast Asia in 1511 … to Spain's colonial debut in the Philippines a decade later. Enrique took the long way.

Coming Soon: The Voyage of Enrique of Malacca: a travelogue* of the first circumnavigation, from Malacca to Cebu. 

EnriqueOfMalacca.com is a project by John Sailors.

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* Rejected titles thus far: "I Took the Scenic Route" and "If Only We'd Had Google Maps!"

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