How did Magellan die?


Quick Answer

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.

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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.

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