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According to Zula, Lapulapu refused to obey the king and was also preventing him from doing so.Magellan offered three boats and went to Mactan himself to fight Lapulapu.They arrived in Mactan in daylight with 49 in numbers while the islanders of Mactan were estimated to number 1500.
“ When we reached land we found the islanders fifteen hundred in number, drawn up in three squadrons; they came down upon us with terrible shouts, two squadrons attacking us on the flanks, and the third in front. The captain then divided his men in two bands. Our musketeers and crossbow-men fired for half an hour from a distance, but did nothing, since the bullets and arrows, though they passed through their shields made of thin wood, and perhaps wounded their arms, yet did not stop them.
The captain shouted not to fire, but he was not listened to. The islanders seeing that the shots of our guns did them little or no harm would not retire, but shouted more loudly, and springing from one side to the other to avoid our shots, they at the same time drew nearer to us, throwing arrows, javelins, spears hardened in fire, stones and even mud, so that we could hardly defend ourselves. Some of them cast lances pointed with iron at the captain-general.”
Magellan died in the battle.The natives perceiving that the bodies of the enemies were protected with armors, aimed for their legs instead.Magellan was pierced with a poisoned arrow in his right leg.A few of their men charges at the natives and tried to intimidate them by burning an entire village but this only enraged the natives further.Magellan was specifically targeted because the native knew he was the captain general.
Magellan was hit with a lance in the face. Magellan retaliated and pierced the same native with his lance in the breast and tried to draw his sword but could not lift it because of his wounded arms. One native with a great sword delivered a blow in Magellan’s left leg, brought him face down and the natives ceaselessly attacked Magellan with lances, swords and even their bare hands.
“Whilst the Indians were thus overpowering him, several times he turned round towards us to see if we were all in safety, as though his obstinate fight had no other object than to give an opportunity for the retreat of his men.”
The king of Cebu who was baptized could have sent help but Magellan instructed him not to join the battle and stay in the balangay so that he would see how they fought.The king offered the people of Mactan’s gifts of any value and amount in exchange of Magellan’s body but the chief refused. They wanted to keep Magellan’s body as a momento of their victory.
Duarte Barbosa is elected as the new captain.Henry, Magellan’s slave and interpreter betrayed them and told the king of Cebu that they intended to leave as quickly as possible. The slave allegedly told the king that if he followed his advice, the king would acquire the ships and the goods of Magellan’s fleet.The two conspired and betrayed what was left of Magellan’s men.