- Leyte Gulf
Leyte Gulf is the body of water immediately east of the
islandof Leyte in the Philippines, adjoining the Philippine Seaof the Pacific Ocean, at coord|10|50|N|125|25|E| display=title,inline.
The gulf is bounded on the north by the island of Samar, which is separated from Leyte on the west by the narrow
San Juanico Strait, and on the south by Mindanao, separated from Leyte by the Surigao Strait. Dinagat Islandpartly encloses the gulf to the southeast, and the small Homonhon Island(notable as the first landfall of Ferdinand Magellanafter completely crossing the Pacific. He had previously discovered Guamand resupplied there. That was his only landfall on the trans-Pacific voyage), sits astride the eastern entrance to the gulf. It is approximately 130 km (80 mi) north-south, and 60 km (40 mi) east-west.
This area was also home to the largest naval battle of the second world war, the
Battle of Leyte Gulf.
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