João Rodrigues Serrão, also known as Juan Serrano in the
Spanish version, (
Kingdom of Portugal -
Cebu, 1521) was a 16th-century
navigator who sailed with
Ferdinand Magellan during the first
circumnavigation of the world (1519-1521).
Serrão was brother or cousin to
Francisco Serrão, who was residing in the
Spice Islands when the voyage began and whom Magellan hoped to meet, but both died almost at the same time in 1521, in the Moluku islands (
Ternate) and the Philippines (
Cebu), respectively, before this occurred.
He was the pilot of a round caravel in the
4th Portuguese India Armada led by
Vasco da Gama in 1502. João Serrão also accompanied Ferdinand Magellan and his brother (or cousin) Francisco, in the
7th Portuguese India Armada of 1505, led by
Francisco de Almeida, commanding the round caravel Botafogo, and later also in the
capture of Malacca and other actions in the East.
Captain of the ship Santiago across the Atlantic and of the Concecion across the Pacific, Serrão was involved in the events that led to a massacre on
Cebu allegedly instigated by
Enrique of Malacca, but we cannot ascertain this by
Antonio Pigafetta's accounts alone.