On April 27, 1521, Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan was killed by a poison arrow during a skirmish on the island of Mactan in what is now the Philippines. Magellan and his crew were assisting a local king they had allied with when they landed on the island of Cebu weeks earlier.Magellan and his crew endured a long voyage to the Philippines. First, they sailed from Spain to the Canary Islands off the coast of West Africa. From there, they crossed the Atlantic Ocean to what is now Brazil and Argentina. The harrowing trip around the tip of South America—what is now called the Strait of Magellan—took 38 days. Then the crew set sail across the Pacific. By the time Magellan and his crew reached the Philippines, they had been at sea for more than a year.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry assist Noun
to help or support.
person who studies unknown areas.
extremely disturbing or scary.
profitable or money-making.
path or way.
fight or dispute involving few people.
narrow passage of water that connects two larger bodies of water.
Encyclopedic Entry: strait tribe Noun
community made of one or several family groups sharing a common culture.