Antonio Pigafetta was a
Venetian scholar who accompanied Magellan on the expedition
where they became the first Europeans to reach the Philippines.
Pigafetta kept an accurate
journal which later assisted him in translating one of the Philippine languages,
Cebuano. It is the first recorded document concerning this language.
Seville, Pigafetta join Magellan's planned
expedition to discover a route to the Spice Isalands.
During the trip, Pigafetta collected extensive data concerning the
geography, climate, flora, fauna and the inhabitants of the places that the
expedition visited. His meticulous notes were invaluable to future explorers
Pigafetta was wounded on
Mactan in the Philippines, where Magellan was killed. Nevertheless, he
recovered and out of approximately 240 men who set out with Magellan in
1519, Pigafetta was one of only 18 who returned to Spain in 1522, having
completed the first circumnavigation of the World.
journal is the source for much of what we know about Magellan and Elcano's
voyage. Pigafetta used his journal to assist him in
translating one of the Philippine languages, Cebuano. It is the first
recorded document concerning this language.
First Circumnavigation of the World, 480th Anniversary