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By Neel Anil Panicker

Magellan was at his wit’s end. Until now everything had gone to plan.

Within hours of his sighting the mountains of Simar he had landed at Limasawa, It was easy ‘convincing’ Rajah Siagu, the local ruler. Shortly the entire region had converted to Christianity.

Well, almost.

One chieftain, Datu Lapu-Lapu, of the island of Mactan refused to follow his bidding.

The next morning an infuriated Magallen sailed for Mactan in a ship full of forty-nine armored men with swords, axes, shields, crossbows, and .45 colt guns.

Rocky outcroppings, and corals forced them to anchor away from the shores, rendering their cannons ineffective.

Watching them from ashore were the mag-sabils, the fierce looking stocky 1500 strong  warrior clan.

Forced to the backfoot, the wily Magellan offered a truce: Pay obeisance to the King of Spain and convert to Christianity, or else face defeat.

The locals chose to fight.

Almost immediately  amidst cries of La ilaha il-la’l-lahu, the band of screaming juramentados, showered the Spaniards with a non-stop fussilade of kris, barongs and sharp edged poison dipped arrows.

One of them hit Magellan in the leg and he soon bled to his death, thus forcing the invaders to beat a hasty retreat.

©neelanilpanicker2017 #whatpegmansaw #historicalfiction


In search of fame and fortune, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521) set out from Spain in 1519 with a fleet of five ships to discover a western sea route to the Spice Islands. En route he discovered what is now known as the Strait of Magellan and became the first European to cross the Pacific Ocean. The voyage was long and dangerous, and only one ship returned home three years later. Although it was laden with valuable spices from the East, only 18 of the fleet’s original crew of 270 returned with the ship. Magellan himself was killed in battle on the voyage, but his ambitious expedition proved that the globe could be circled by sea and that the world was much larger than had previously been imagined.

The Battle of Mactan (Cebuano: Gubat sa Mactan; Tagalog: Labanan sa Mactan; Spanish: Batalla de Mactán) was fought in the Philippines on 27 April 1521, prior to Spanish colonization. The warriors of Lapu-Lapu, a native chieftain of Mactan Island, overpowered and defeated a Spanish force fighting for Rajah Humabon of Cebu, under the command of Ferdinand Magellan, who was killed in the battle.

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11 thoughts on “neelwrites/whatpegmansaw/magellan/200words/04/06/2017

  1. Excellent attempt at historical fiction ….

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  2. Good history there, Neel.

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  3. Dear Neel

    I came close to telling the same story. Well done.



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    1. Oh! that would have been a double delight. Am glad you liked it Thanks a lot dear Rochelle

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      1. I came close…;) but from a different perspective.

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  4. i know, knowing you i know it would have been a very interesting perspective.

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    1. I hope you’ll come by and see for yourself 😉 I’m always late for this one.

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