Mindanao Conquest

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AXEL JOHN B. BRIZ 2012-08545 History I D2 Articles of Contract for the Conquest of Mindanao The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 Vol. VIII p. 73-77 Emma Helen Blair and James Alexander Robertson Mindanao in the 16th Century The place is described as fertile, rich and virgin. It has been said this rich in gold, ore, placers, cinnamon and various drugs of relevant uses and values. It is no longer a secret that by these times, it is liberated with Islamic culture and teachings influenced by Indian settlements. Being rich in cultural identity, Mindanao is one of the most prominent islands in the country. However, with all its prominence and heritage, the Spanish colonizers were not able to conquer “yet” the island. It was before 1591 that the Crown…show more content…
The conquest is a conquest of who is who and what is what, most especially in religion. Accordingly, some other reasons, secondarily, in conquering Mindanao is to create justice and teach Filipinos to live in a civilized manner. This manifests Filipino’s barbaric actions and chaotic way of life. In order to showcase that colonization time was the enlightenment period in the country, these were their aims and purposes in conquering Mindanao. Religion is a safe hypothesis, nearly a conclusion, on why they wanted to conquer Mindanao since it is believed that ways of life reflect on religion and that religion is a source of faith and loyalty, not only to God but also to the Crown. In order to fulfill their desires in colonizing Mindanao, Captain Estevan Rodriguez de Figueroa has signed to the Crown’s proposal in colonizing the area, at his own expense. Of course, before signing the agreement between him and the Crown of Spain through Gomez Perez Dasmariñas, governor and captain general of the Philipinas (Philippines) Islands, three (3) deal items were promised to him once the expedition come to a…show more content…
The document provides a picture on the condition of the island and people of Mindanao in the 16th century, and the relationship between the King of Spain, the governor-general, and their soldiers. Their works are usually criticized for the translation of the Spanish documents mostly Royal orders, decrees, encomienda and ecclesiastical

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