4 confirmatory evidence from the legazpi expedition 1

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4. Confirmatory evidence from the Legazpi expedition. 1. The Evidence of Albo's Log-Book Francisco Albo joined the Magellan expedition as a pilot ("contra• maestre") in Magellan's flagship "Trinidad". He was one of the eighteen survivors who returned with Sebastian Elcano on the "Victoria" after having circumnavigated the world . Albo began keeping his own diary - merely only a log-book - on the voyage out, while they were sailing southward in the Atlantic along the coast of South America, off Brazil. His account of their entry into Philippine waters ( or, as it was then called, the archipelago of San Lazaro) ... may be reduced to the following points: 1. On the 16th of March (1521) as they sailed in a westerly course from the Ladrones, they saw land towards the northwest; but owing to many shallow places they did not approach it. They found later that its name was Yunagan. 2. They went instead that same day southwards to another small island named Suluan, and there they anchored . There they saw some canoes but these fled at the Spaniards ' s approach. This island was at 9 and two-thirds degrees North latitude. 3. Departing from those two islands, they sailed westward to an uninhabited island of "Gada" where they took in a supply of wood and water . The sea around that island was free from shallows. (Albo does not give the latitude of this island, but from Pigafetta's testimony, this seems to be the "Acquada" or Homonhon, at 10 degrees North latitude.) 4. From that island they sailed westwards towards a large island named Seilani which was inhabited and was known to have gold. ( Seilani - or, as Pigafetta calls it, " Ceylon" - was the island of Leyte. See below, on Pigafetta ' s map . ) 5. Sailing southwards along the coast of that large island of Seilani, they turned southwest to a small island called "Mazava".That island is also at a latitude of 9 and two-thirds degrees North.
6 . The people of that island of Mazava were very good. There the Spaniards planted a cross upon a mountain-top, and from there they were shown three islands to the west and southwest, where they were told there was much gold. "They showed us how the gold was gathered, which came in small pieces like peas and lentils." 7. From Mazava they sailed northwards again towards Seilani. They followed the coast of Seilani in a northwesterly direction, ascending up to 10 degrees of latitude where they saw three small islands. 8. From there they sailed westwards some ten leagues, and there they saw three islets , where they dropped anchor for the night. In the morning they sailed southwest some 12 leagues , down to a latitude of 10 and one - third degree. There they entered a channel between two islands , one of which was called "Matan " and the other " Subu " . 9. They sailed down that channel and then turned westward and anchored at the town (la villa) of Subu where they stayed many days and obtained provi s ions and entered into a peace-pact with the local king.

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