The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803 — Volume 01 of 55 eBook

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Fernando de Magallains and Ruy Falero, knights of the order of San Tiago, our captain-generals of the fleet which we are about to despatch on an expedition of discovery, and the other individual captains of the said fleet; the pilots, sailing masters, boatswains, and sailors in the ships of the said fleet:  inasmuch as I am quite well assured by those who have actually been there, that the Maluco Islands are rich in spices—­the chief article sought by the said fleet,—­order you, the said Fernando de Magallains, to pursue a direct course to the above-mentioned islands, exactly as I have told and commanded you.  And I order you all individually and collectively, that, in the said voyage you heed strictly the counsels and decisions of the said Fernando de Magallains; and that, first and foremost, before sailing elsewhere, you proceed without fail to the said Maluco Islands, for in this wise do you perform our service.  Afterwards you may seek other suitable things, in accordance with your orders.  And none of you shall act contrary to this our will, in any manner, under penalty of loss of property and life.  Barcelona, April nineteen one thousand five hundred and nineteen:  I, the King.  By command of the King:  Francisco de los Covos.

[Endorsed: “In order that those sailing in the fleet may heed the counsels and decisions of magallanes, and that first and foremost, before proceeding elsewhere, they may sail to the spice islands.”]

Extracto de Una Carta de Las Indias

Despues de esto escrito a V.S. llego ynigo lopez a los xviij de malaca el q_l_ truxo por nuevas q los castellanos estavan en maluco, q ptiero tres naos de castilla y en ellas fernando magallaes por principal y fuero a [symbol] vista del cabo de san Agustin y de allj corriero obra de dozientas o trezientas leguas al luengo de la costa del brasil y fuero a dar en un rrio q atravessava toda la trra del brasil y era de agua dulce, anduviero por el seys o siete dias hasta q se viero de la otra parte del sul y por allj comencaron de yr a buscar a maluco anduviero cinco messes por vn golfo sin nunca [symbol] tierra nj hallar yslas y sienpre con vientos en popa, eneste paraje fuyo vna nao al magallanes y se torno non se sabe pte della, y eneste tpo vuo vna grande confusion entre los castellanos de dezir q_l_ magallanes los levana a entregar alos Portugueses y determjnaro dese levantar con las naos. supolo magallaes y hizose doliente y enbyo allamar vno a vno delos culpados y davale vn mallo rrodeyro en la cabeca, mato los de qujen se temja y dio las capitanjas y cargos a otros aqujen el qujso, yendo porsu derrora adelante con poco mantenjmjento y agua, vuo vysta de vna ysia laqual era burneo qujsiero salir en ella contra voluntad delos dela trra vuo entre vnos y otros gran pelea en la qual murio el magallanes y otros muchos hoh bres de faycion q qdo el armada muy desaparejada de gente y estuviero en

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