Group 1: First Voyage Around the World (Antonio Pigafetto)BANGIT,Francesca Amanda F.DAVID, John CarloDIZON, Leigh AnnMONTEALTO, Jan Rey1.Background of the Author/Creator(Background, role. Intent, and perspective)Francisco Antonio Pigafetta who is also known by name of Antonio Lombardo orAntonio Pigafetta was a famous Italian traveler who was born in Vicenza on the year1490 to whom have also died in the same city on the year 1534Pigafetta was born into a wealthy family. He is an explorer from the Republic ofVenice. He is also an Italian scholar and studied navigation among other things. Heserved on board the galleys of the Knights of Rhodes, and accompanied the papal nuncio,Monsignor Chieregati, to Spain. Antonio Pigafetta was a key player of one of the mostamazing world exploration trips, he was an Italian seafarer and geographer. On theirjourney with Ferdinand Magellan, he was able to discover different data concerning aboutgeography, climate, flora, fauna and the native inhabitants of the places that theexpedition visited. During the discoveries of the natives, he tried to assemble some briefglossaries about their native language.Pigafettas’s account contributed immensely to the enrichment of Philippineshistpriography in which these writings has provided its p[eople an overview of thepolitical, economic and social conditions of the islands of the Visayas during the 16thcentury. Pigafetta’s account is the only most important source written about the voyage ofcircumnavigation, excluding the fact that it has included fabulous and complex details.On a daily basis he wrote notes and was actually surprised that he lost a day due to itsdriving situations. In his works were also written broad description of different types ofanilams such as the Storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Sharks, The pink spoonbill, andthe phyllium orthoptera (which is an insect similar to a sheet). His report is rich inethnographic details. He practiced as an interpreter and came to develop, at least in twoIndonesian dialects.
2.Historical Background of the Document/Source(Time, place, circumstances andsituation)Antonio Pigafetta makes clear his desire to see the world and profit from theexperience— “having obtained much information from the books that I had read, as wellas from various persons, who discussed the great and marvelous things that might satisfyme somewhat, and that might grant me some renown with posterity.” This clearly statesthat Pigafetta, being a seafarer and geographer that he is, has desired to be included in thecircumnavigation that Ferdinand Magellan was leading. He was yearning for experiencesthat would help him discover more about the world that he was living in. His desire hadpushed him to become the assistant of Ferdinand Magellan in his journey towards theSpice Islands.