Saturday, January 30, 2016

The sword that felled Ferdinand Magellan?

Drawing of a Visayan Timawa (Freeman) couple (Boxer Codex, late 1500s).

Take note of the scimitar-shaped broadsword carried by the male.

Based on the description of Pigafetta, it appears that the same type of sword was used by Kali Pulako (aka Lapu-Lapu) and his men, in slaying Fernao Magalhaes (aka Ferdinan Magellan) and his son, at the Battle of Mactan.

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