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  • Topic: Ferdinand Magellan, Philippines, Battle of Mactan
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It was in the 15th century when the European nations compete each other for wealth and power. These competitions leads to the colonization of the European nations to the many places on the East including the present dayPhilippines. The Philippine Islands was discovered by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan planned to go to Molluca, the Spice Island in the Far East, but instead of using the usual route to the East he wanted to navigate in the west, aiming to discover a new and easy way going to the East. Magellan tried to convince the king of Portugal King Emmanuel I about this plan but the king refused. Disperated with Portugal’s response, Magellan went to Spain and laid down his plan to the king of Spain King Carlos I. The king was convinced with what Magellan had planned and funded his expedition. On March 17,1521, Magellan together with his men landed in the Island of Homonhon in the Gulf of Leyte Philippine Island. He went to Limasawa and celebrated a mass. He was able to make friends with the local chieftain Rajah Kulambo and Rajah Siago. He informally conquer the Philippine Island and named it archipelago of San Lazaro. On April 8, 1521. He landed in the island of Cebu where he meet and make friend with the local chieftain Rajah Humabon. Magellan with his priest held a mass in the Island. He convinced the natives to be baptized in the name of Christianity. Magellan was able to baptized about 800 natives as well as their chieftain Rajah Humabon who was given the name Carlos with his wife who was given the name Juana. Unfortunately, not all chieftain wanted to make friend with Magellan. Lapu-Lapu, the chieftain of the nearby Island, Mactan don’t want to be under the authority of the Spanish. Heard about this Magellan wanted to confront Lapu-Lapu. Together with about 60 armed Spaniards with the three ships they sailed towards Mactan with 1,000 local fighters. First, they send a messenger to Lapu-Lapu ordering him to take under the authority...
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