On March 16, 1521, Magellan’s fleet arrived at Samar and named it the Islas de San Lazaro (Island of St. Lazarus).
Confusion on the site of the first mass. There are two contending views as to where the site of the first mass in the archipelago transpired, one claims it was Limasawa (Leyte), and another Masao (Butuan).
LimasawaMasaoSupported by the National Historical Institute (NHI)Presented by Dr. Sonia ZaideBased on Carlo Amoretti’s evidence stating that Mazaua and Limasawa are one and the same.Zaide presented arguments such as all primary sources such as that of Pigafetta mentions Mazaua. LImasawa has 54 syllables and begins with another letter; the inconsistencies in the distance as mentioned in all primary sources; the presence of balanghai in Butuan, a vessel used by kings during that time; and the congruence with the description form primary sources that the place was rich in gold.Supported by Pablo Pastells, T. H. Pardo de Tavera, Jayme de Veyra and James RobertsonAttested by Mafra accounts. Gines de Mafra was the only person who has reached Mazaua twice.Supported by William Henry Scott and and attested by the chronicle of Gian Batista Ramusio.
When Magellan landed on Sugbu (Cebu) he made blood compact with Humabon after the Magellan won his trust and friendship. Magellan taught Humabon and the Cebuanos the Christian teaching about honoring one’s parent.
Although Magellan was accepted by Humabon and some other Cebuano leaders, Lapu-lapu another chieftain of Mactan refused to accept the new political system and pay tribute.
Lapu-lapu’s refusal led to the Battle of Mactan, where Magellan and his troops were defeated by the formers troops.
The Battle of Mactan was a scandalous defeat for the Spaniards for they were not able to prove themselves better in combats.
Of his 3 ships, only Victoria was able to return back to Spain, after continuing its voyage to Moluccas. The ship was captained by Sebastian del Cano.
The voyage around the world lasted for 2 years, 11 months, and 16 days.
The voyage enhanced their knowledge about the existence of other islands in the Pacific and the Philippines. It also confirmed that the earth is round and that it is really possible to sail around the world since the world’s oceans are connected.
Some contentions that Enrique de Malaca circumnavigated the world first ahead of del Cano.
Magellan’s expedition paved the way for Spain’s expansion to the Orient.
After the Spain had celebrated Elcano’s return, King Charles I decided that Spain should conquer the Philippines. Five subsequent expeditions were then sent to the Islands. </li></ul>Spanish Expeditions after MagellanLoaysa’s Expedition (1525)The first post-Magellan expedition composed of 7 ships and 450 men. The expedition failed to reach the Philippines.Cabot’s Expedition (1526)Composed of 4 ships and 250 men. Led by Sebastian Cabot. They failed to find the Strait of Magellan.The Saavedra Expedition (1527)Composed of 3 ships and 110 men, among its objective was to investigate what had happened to the two earlier expeditions and rescue any survivors if there are any.The Villalobos Expedition (1543)Composed of 6 ships and around 400 men. He followed the route taken by Magellan and reached Mindanao on February 2, 1543. He established a colony in Sarangani but could not stay long because of insufficient food supply. His fleet left the island and landed on Tidore in the Moluccas, where they were captured by the Portuguese.Villalobos is remembered for naming our country Islas Filipinas, in honor of King Charles’ son, Prince Philip, who later became king of Spain.The Legazpi Expedition (1564)The fleet consisted of 4 ships and 380 men. On February 13, 1565, Legaspi's expedition landed in Cebu island. After a short struggle with the natives, he proceeded to Leyte, then to Camiguin and to Bohol. There Legaspi made a blood compact with the chieftain, Datu Sikatuna as a sign of friendship. Legaspi was able to obtain spices and gold in Bohol due to his friendship with Sikatuna. On April 27, 1565, Legaspi returned to Cebu; destroyed the town of Raja Tupas and establish a settlement. On orders of the King Philip II, 2,100 men arrived from Mexico. They built the the port of Fuerza de San Pedro which became the Spanish trading outpost and stronghold for the region.His successful conquest was the start of the colonization of the archipelago for more than three centuries.<br />