Good, more than good - Bon, plus que bon turn maraghatorn. This man had a voice like a bull, and whilst this man was at the ship his companions carried off all their goods which they had to a castle further off, from fear of us. Seeing that, we landed a hundred men from the ships, and went after them to try and catch some others; however they gained in running away. This kind of people did more with one step than we could do at a bound. In this same river there were seven little islands, and in the largest of them precious stones are found.
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Or at least that was what we were taught in grade school. Humabon sent scouts to Homonhon to investigate. Pigafetta details how the Filipino natives approached their beach settlement from a boat.
Therefore, the captain-general [Magellan] ordered that no one should move or say a word without his permission. When those men reached the shore, their chief went immediately to the captain-general, giving signs of joy because of our arrival.
In exchange, the natives offered the foreigners fish, wine, and bananas, which the Spaniards mistook for figs. Magellan Was Caught Between Feuding Chieftains The highest ranks in society in pre-colonial Philippines were composed of local chieftains or datus who cooperated or competed against each other. In some places, there was a pecking order among the ranks of the datus: vassals or subordinate datus were less powerful leaders who allied themselves with datus who controlled trade and had more resources.
Humabon was a rival of one of the chiefs on Mactan Island, Lapu-Lapu. Magellan fervently believed that his men were so superior to the natives that he allowed 49 of his crew to face off against a force of 1, enraged natives. He was so confident that he refused the help of his allies, Rajah Humabon and Datu Zula, and asked the them to just watch how they fought.
Magellan was an excellent explorer and navigator, but he was no battle tactician. In one of their encounters with datus aboard the Victoria, Magellan demonstrated the superiority of Spanish armor and weapons, to the amazement of the locals. Pigafetta described the encounter in proud detail. The captain-general told him through the slave that one of those armed men was worth one hundred of his own men. Refusing the help of the two chiefs was his first big mistake at the Battle of Mactan.
In reality, it was a horrific battle for Magellan and his crew. According to Pigafetta, they arrived at the shores of Mactan three hours before sunrise.
Magellan sent a message to the natives saying that if they still refused to recognize the Spanish king and pay them tribute, they would demonstrate how effective their swords were at wounding people. The musket took one minute to reload and fire, while the bow and arrow took one or two seconds to shoot between two arrows. Realizing their huge disadvantage, the Spaniards panicked and began firing at no particular target.
Pigafetta is generous in details. That caused the captain to fall face downward, when immediately they rushed upon him with iron and bamboo spears and with their cutlasses, until they killed our mirror, our light, our comfort, and our true guide.
So many of them charged down upon us that they shot the captain through the right leg with a poisoned arrow. We continued to retire from the shore always fighting up to our knees in the water. The natives continued to pursue us, and picking up the same spear four or six times, hurled it at us again and again.
This was something that Magellan and his company did not expect. Thus did we fight for more than one hour, refusing to retire farther. Sailors today who successfully circumnavigate the world are bestowed the Order or Magellan. The First Voyage Around the World. Milan, Italy: Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Blair, Emma H.
Magellan’s Death: A Detailed Description by Antonio Pigafetta
In his youth he studied astronomy , geography and cartography. He then served on board the ships of the Knights of Rhodes at the beginning of the 16th century. Until , he accompanied the papal nuncio , Monsignor Francesco Chieregati , to Spain. Voyage around the world[ edit ] Map of Borneo by Pigafetta. His meticulous notes proved invaluable to future explorers and cartographers , mainly due to his inclusion of nautical and linguistic data, and also to latter-day historians because of its vivid, detailed style. Return[ edit ] Casa Pigafetta, his palace in Vicenza. He related his experiences in the "Report on the First Voyage Around the World" Italian : Relazione del primo viaggio intorno al mondo , which was composed in Italian and was distributed to European monarchs in handwritten form before it was eventually published by Italian historian Giovanni Battista Ramusio in —
About Antonio Pigafetta
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