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Malaspina expressed confidence in his maps and his chronometer, and proposed 28 Alejandro Malaspina to pick up the island of South Trinidad, make for the Malvinas (Falkland Islands) from there, then stay out to sea until around the Horn. Something more than good navigation may have been on his mind: ships of the Philippine Company were required to stop at Buenos Aires,14 which Malaspina's course would avoid, thereby shortening his voyage by several weeks. His officers agreed to his plan, and Agote raised no objection.
It is not necessary to call on imagination to see that Malaspina's political South America 47 investigations were well under way, after the start in Buenos Aires. The nature of those investigations, other than the perusal of the archives, is not recorded in his journal. Malaspina left Valparaiso on 14 April 1790. After ten days in Coquimbo the two ships separated so that Malaspina could investigate offshore islands while Bustamante examined the coast. Malaspina brought Descubierta into Callao, the port for Lima, on 20 May 1790, where he was to stay for three months.
From Lima, Agote, wrote to the Philippine Company, reporting: Don Alexandro Malaspina, commander of this frigate, in whom Your Lordships have full confidence, managed the voyage with limitless prudence, demonstrating during the navigation that he was blessed with all those good qualities required in a perfect mariner, showing in all matters maturity and intelligence; he omitted no measure for the success of the expedition, making evident that any ship under his command will proceed with all the security that can be desired, and that his meticulous work in the calculation of longitudes promises that his future voyages will be carried out brilliantly15 Agote's forecast was to prove accurate, but there is something more.