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An Introduction to Polynesian Anthropology



A second expedition, under the command of Loyasa, a Spaniard, with Del Cano as second-in-command, sailed from Spain in 1525. The ships passed through the Strait of Magellan and crossed the Pacific on much the same course as that followed by Magellan. Both Loyasa and Del Cano died on the voyage, and the ships reached the Ladrones on September 4, 1526 under the command of De Salazar. During the passage from the Strait of Magellan 40 men had died, and at the Ladrones De Salazar also died. The expedition continued to Mindanao under the command of Martin Yniguez and finally reached Tidore in the Moluccas, or Spice Islands. At Tidore, the Spaniards successfully repelled attacks by the Portuguese, who had established posts at Ternate and claimed exclusive rights over the Moluccas.