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The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803

Volume 2, 1521-1569

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Author: Anonymous
Language: English
Wordcount: 90,516 / 269 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 42.4
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 490
Added to site: 2004.11.12
mnybks.net#: 8983
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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y, 1567) with an attack by them.

A petition (probably written in 1566), signed by the Spanish officials in the Philippines, asks for more priests there, more soldiers and muskets ("so that if the natives will not be converted otherwise, they may be compelled to it by force of arms"), rewards for Legazpi, exemptions from taxes for all engaged in the expedition, grants of land, monopoly of trade, etc. A separate petition, by Legazpi, asks the, king for various privileges, dignities, and grants. Still other requests are made (probably in 1568) by hit son Melchor, who claims that Legazpi had spent all his fortune in the service of Spain, without receiving any reward therefor.

Certain documents illustrative of this history of Legazpi's enterprise in 1565 are given in full. An interesting document--first published (in Latin) at Manila in 1901, but never before, we think, in English--is the official warrant of the Augustinian authorities in Mexico establishing the first branch of their order in the Phi

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