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Group 1: First Voyage Around the World (Antonio Pigafetto) BANGIT, Francesca Amanda F. DAVID , John Carlo DIZON , Leigh Ann MONTEALTO , Jan Rey 1. Background of the Author/Creator (Background, role. Intent, and perspective) Francisco Antonio Pigafetta who is also known by name of Antonio Lombardo or Antonio Pigafetta was a famous Italian traveler who was born in Vicenza on the year 1490 to whom have also died in the same city on the year 1534 Pigafetta was born into a wealthy family. He is an explorer from the Republic of Venice. He is also an Italian scholar and studied navigation among other things. He served 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 most amazing world exploration trips, he was an Italian seafarer and geographer. On their journey with Ferdinand Magellan, he was able to discover different data concerning about geography, climate, flora, fauna and the native inhabitants of the places that the expedition visited. During the discoveries of the natives, he tried to assemble some brief glossaries about their native language. Pigafettas’s account contributed immensely to the enrichment of Philippines histpriography in which these writings has provided its p[eople an overview of the political, economic and social conditions of the islands of the Visayas during the 16 th century. Pigafetta’s account is the only most important source written about the voyage of circumnavigation, 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 its driving situations. In his works were also written broad description of different types of anilams such as the Storm petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Sharks, The pink spoonbill, and the phyllium orthoptera (which is an insect similar to a sheet). His report is rich in ethnographic details. He practiced as an interpreter and came to develop, at least in two Indonesian dialects.
2. Historical Background of the Document/Source (Time, place, circumstances and situation) Antonio Pigafetta makes clear his desire to see the world and profit from the experience— “having obtained much information from the books that I had read, as well as from various persons, who discussed the great and marvelous things that might satisfy me somewhat, and that might grant me some renown with posterity.” This clearly states that Pigafetta, being a seafarer and geographer that he is, has desired to be included in the circumnavigation that Ferdinand Magellan was leading. He was yearning for experiences that would help him discover more about the world that he was living in. His desire had pushed him to become the assistant of Ferdinand Magellan in his journey towards the Spice Islands.

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