António da Madalena, "First European in Angkor"

Publication: PlanetaClix

Languages : English, Portuguese

July 6th, 2009

António da Madalena (??-1589) gave an account of his journey to Angkor to Diogo do Couto, the main chronicler and "guarda-mor" (curator) of the Archives of Portuguese exploration-colonization in Asia.

The Franciscan friar perished when his ship sunk during a storm near the coast of Natal (South Africa), probably while he was heading back home after many years spent in India, Malacca and Ayuthava (Kingdom of Siam).