How Did Magellan Die?

On April 27, 1521, Ferdinand Magellan died during a battle on the island of Mactan in the Philippines. After his enemies pierced him with a bamboo spear, they attacked him with other weapons while his sailors retreated.

Magellan befriended Rajah Humabon, ruler of the island of Cebu, and converted him and his wife to Christianity. When Humabon asked Magellan for his assistance in a battle with the people of the nearby island of Mactan, he readily agreed believing his superior European technology would guarantee his troops a speedy success. However, the superior numbers and fierce fighting of the Mactanese, who focused their attacks on Magellan, overwhelmed the small Spanish force.

The ruler of Mactan, Lapu-Lapu, kept Magellan's remains as a trophy.