ENRIQUE’S JOURNEY AROUND THE GLOBE

The first man to go around the world has always been a subject of dispute. If Magellan was not killed in Mactan war, he could have been the one awarded with the honorary crest of “Primus circumdediste me” (You were the first to circumnavigate me) instead of Sebastian Elcano.

Historically, Enrique is known as a Malay interpreter that was always with Magellan throughout his three years journey around the globe. If Magellan died, while Enrique survived the Mactan war and returned to his homeland, that would have made him the first to circumnavigate the world. In spite the controversy between his supporters and the sceptics; none could deny that Enrique had traversed an unimaginable journey as an accidental world navigator from the Nusantara.

“MAGELLAN TOLD HIS MEN THAT THEY WERE NOW IN THE LAND HE HAD DESIRED, AND SENT A MAN NAMED HERÉDIA, WHO WAS THE SHIP'S CLERK, ASHORE WITH A NATIVE THEY HAD TAKEN... BECAUSE HE WAS KNOWN TO SPEAK MALAY, THE LANGUAGE SPOKEN IN THE MALAY ARCHIPELAGO.”

– GINES DE MAFRA

  • From Malacca to Lisbon, Portugal
  • (1511 - 1512)
  • Battle of Azzemour
  • (1513)
  • Brought to Seville, Spain
  • (1517)
  • Groomed for the Moluccan Armada
  • (1518 — 1519)
  • First to Cross the Pacific Ocean
  • (1520)
  • Mactan War
  • (1521)