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Ferdinand Magellan

Author elsslots
#1 | Posted: 17 Jun 2008 12:39 
Same question as with Marco Polo: any credible records of which sites (that are now WHS) he exactly visited?

Suggested sites are: Lisbon, Seville, ?? (Brazil, India, Morroco, Philipines, Malaysia, Indonesia)

Author Solivagant
#2 | Posted: 17 Jun 2008 16:00 | Edited by: Solivagant 
The Lisbon inscription is limited to just 2 buildings. I understand that the Tower of Belem was built 1515-19 and the Monastery of the Hieronymites was under construction from 1501 for c 1 century. Magellan left the service of the Portuguese king in 1514 and went to Seville (whether by sea or overland isn't clear) to offer his service to Spain in 1517. So - he may or may not have seen the tower of Belem and probably would have seen the monastery "under construction". But is just "possibly seeing" enough?
The Seville inscription is also very limited - to just the Cathedral, the Alcazar and the Archivo de Indias. Having passed through Seville in 1517 Magellan sailed from there on his "circumnavigation voyage" (which of course he didn't complete but was killed on Cebu) in 1519. It would seem inconceivable that he didn't visit the first 2 buildings but I can find no record of such a visit. The Archivo de Indias only became this in 1784 but before this appears to have been a Trade Hall concerned with trade between Spain and its colonies together with a School of Navigation (Amerigo Vespucci was made Head Pilot in 1508). Again it seems very likely that Magellan would have been there

At the moment that probably doesn't matter as I don't believe that any other place he definitely visited is inscribed so we couldn't reach the magic "3 Connections"!. That could of course all change next month if/when Melaka and Penang get inscribed! This because Magellan took part in the Siege of Malacca in 1511 when still in the service of the King of Portugal. A nice liitle bit of historical trivia related to this is that in Malacca Magellan "acquired" a slave known as "Enrique of Malacca" or "Henry The Black" (though he was actually from further east - possibly the Philippines. 1 story is that he was later involved in Magellan's death on Cebu as he had at least linguistic connections there). This guy travelled with him back to Portugal/Spain. He then accompanied Magellan on his circumnavigation and therefore became the "first man" to sail round the globe since he (unlike his Spanish companions) achieved this when the voyage reached the East Indies!

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