Ferdinand Magellan may have launched the first official circumnavigation world tour in 1519, but he wasn’t the first to make it all the way ‘round the world’. You may have learned that Juan Sebastián Elcano, who assumed command of the expedition after Magellan’s untimely death, was the first to circle the globe. But some historians argue Elcano wasn’t the first, either.
Enter Enrique of Malacca, Magellan’s East Indian slave and translator. Before the expedition, Enrique accompanied Magellan to Europe, so upon returning to the East Indies in 1521, he would have been the first known person to complete a global loop de loop. (Even if true, no one will ever sail the Strait of Enrique.)
So what does global circumnavigation have to do with Canvas?
This history lesson is our way of announcing that Canvas has officially gone global, which won’t come as much of a surprise to our many customers already outside the United States. Here’s what that means (officially):
- We have our first international office at 1 Pancras Square in London
- We have dedicated sales and customer success teams in several global regions, including the UK, Scandinavia, mainland Europe, Australia, and New Zealand
- We have some brilliant international customers
- We have an international data center (that’s centre to some of you)
We may be sailing into uncharted waters, but Canvas is like the North Star of teaching and learning, guiding our efforts to improve education around world. OK, if the sailing metaphor is too much for you, all we can say is, “Look out, world. Here comes Canvas!”
VP Business Development