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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 Voyage of Legazpi

The Voyage of Legazpi

(p.101) Four The Voyage of Legazpi
The First Circumnavigators

Harry Kelsey

Yale University Press

This chapter details the voyage of Miguel López de Legazpi, who commanded the fleet sent by Philip II of Spain across the Pacific. The fleet left the port of Navidad in the fall of 1564. As captain general, Legazpi commanded the largest vessel, the 500-ton galleon San Pedro. The whole fleet carried 150 seamen “divided among the ships according to their capacity.” In addition, there were about two hundred soldiers, 100 of whom were on the almiranta with their commander, Mateo de Saz; most of the other soldiers were on the capitana with their captain, Martín de Goiti. When the fleet was a hundred leagues at sea, Legazpi opened sealed orders from the Audiencia Real (royal court of justice). Their destination was to be the Philippines.

Keywords:   Miguel López de Legazpi, Spanish fleet, armada, Philip II, Philippines, Navidad

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