Monday, June 19, 2006
Magellan pt. 2
My narrator for this story is Antonio Pigafetta, who was basically along for the ride as a tourist on Magellan's expedition. He was the sensible choice, because he (a) actually kept a journal during the voyage, and (b) survived to the end. This last point disqualified my preferred choice for narrator, a slave named (if I recall correctly) Juan. Juan was from Malaysia, and Magellan picked him up in Africa to provide local knowledge during the journey. Since Juan had already made the Malaysia-to-Africa leg of the journey before the Spaniards even got started, he was, officially, the first man to circumnavigate the globe. But the Malays didn't write the history books, which is why we've never heard of him.
A sign of how rushed I was on this job was that I didn't have time to work out a composition that would have allowed me to draw the creatures described by Cartagena.