Sunday, April 27, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Rajah Lapu-lapu Against Ferdinand Magellan

APRIL 27, 1521
Ferdinand Magellan with his 49 armored men armed with swords, crossbows, guns, axes and shields sailed from Cebu to Mactan to confront Rajah Lapu-lapu. There, they walked to the shore in waist-deep water as their boats couldn’t go near because of the rocks. As they set foot on land, they were met by 1,500 screeching warriors led by Lapu-lapu. The Spaniards burned the houses which angered the warriors more. In the battle, Lapu-lapu killed Magellan and this came to be known as the Battle of Mactan or “Kadaugan sa Mactan”.

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