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Episode 045: Enrique of Malacca

Enrique of Malacca (Spanish: Enrique de Malaca; Portuguese: Henrique de Malaca), was a native of the Malay Archipelago who became a slave of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan in the 16th century. Italianhistorian Antonio Pigafetta, who wrote the most comprehensive account of Magellan’s voyage, named him “Henrique” (which was Hispanicised as Enrique in official Spanish documents). Pigafetta explicitly states that “Henrique” was a native of Sumatra. According to biographer-philosopher Stefan Zweig, he is the first…