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The First CircumnavigatorsUnsung Heroes of the Age of Discovery$
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Harry Kelsey

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300217780

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300217780.001.0001

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The Voyages of Loaisa and Saavedra

The Voyages of Loaisa and Saavedra

(p.36) Two The Voyages of Loaisa and Saavedra
The First Circumnavigators

Harry Kelsey

Yale University Press

This chapter details the voyages of Fray García Jofre de Loaisa and Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón. Loaisa was a prominent military commander selected by King Charles to lead a fleet that would confirm the Spanish claim to the Spice Islands. With seven ships and 450 men, the new armada was larger and better equipped than Magellan's. Saavedra, on the other hand, commanded the ship Florida, which arrived in the Moluccas from New Spain on March 27, 1528. The Florida was the sole survivor of a three-ship fleet that left on October 31, 1527. The fleet had almost reached Guam when the ships were separated in a fierce storm. The two smaller vessels disappeared, but the Florida sailed on, reaching the Ladrones in January and Mindanao on February 28, 1528.

Keywords:   Fray García Jofre de Loaisa, Álvaro de Saavedra Cerón, Spanish fleet, Spice Islands, Moluccas

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