SPRINGER (Sprenger), Balthasar. Vils, Ausserfern, Tyrol 14?? — 1509/11. Austrian Traveller in service of Welser trading house of Augsburg. Probably son of Johannes (Hans) Spr. who was in service of the local prince, and Anastasia Steidlin (?). Very little is known of Balthasar’s own life. In Welser service he went to Portugal in 1503 and 1505 sailed in Portuguese fleet to India. After c. 5 months in India returned to Lisbon in 1506. In his travel journal he tells much of Africa, but also of Kerala
Publications: Travel diary first printed as Merfart und erfarung nüwer Schiffung und Wege zu viln onerkanten Inseln und Künigreichen. 15 p., 13 wood engravings. 1509, facsimile ed. Innsbruck 1998..
Sources: *Fr. Ratzel, A.D.B. 35, 1893, 301f.; J. Reinhard, N.D.B. 24, 2010, 761f.; German Wikipedia.