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 passed along the way. 
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.

Enrique was eyewitness to seismic changes in world history: Portugal's takeover of maritime trade in Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean; the West African slave trade; Spain's unification and ascendency as a major world power; the battle between Christendom and Islam—and Judaism and the new Protestantism to; European exploitation of the "New World," and finally the first circumnavigation of the earth that returned Enrique to a land near home.

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

Project by John Sailors.


Enrique in the News: Atlas Obscura

Kate McMahon, a freelance journalist, wrote this piece on Enrique of Malacca for the Atlas Obscura website. It's always exciting to see Enrique receive attention. His ten-year journey toured the very beginnings of colonialism beginning with the first Portuguese foray into Southeast Asia in 1511 to Spain's 1521 arrival there from the other direction—Malacca to Cebu the long way. 


John Sailors
Email: jaysailors@gmail.com

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

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