The Hispanization of the Philippines: Spanish Aims And Filipino Responses, 1565?1700

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byJohn Leddy Phelan

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After conquest of the Philippine archipelago in the late sixteenth century, Spanish colonizers launched a sweeping social program designed to bring about dramatic religious, political, and economic changes. But the limitations of Spanish colonial resources, together with the reactions of Filipinos themselves, combined to shape the outcome of that effort in unique and unexpected ways, argues John Leddy Phelan. With no wealth in the islands to attract conquistadores, conquest was accomplished largely by missionaries scattered among isolated native villages. Native chieftains served as intermediaries, thus enabling the Filipinos to react selectively to Spanish innovations. The result was a form of hispanization in which the resilient and adaptable Filipinos played a creative part.

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After conquest of the Philippine archipelago in the late sixteenth century, Spanish colonizers launched a sweeping social program designed to bring about dramatic religious, political, and economic changes. But the limitations of Spanish colonial resources, together with the reactions of Filipinos themselves, combined to shape the outc...

John Leddy Phelan (1924–1976) was professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and author of The People and the King, Portuguese Society in the Tropics, and The Kingdom of Quito in the Seventeenth Century, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:234 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.6 inPublished:December 15, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299018148

ISBN - 13:9780299018146

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Table of Contents

The Two Peoples

I The Spaniards

II The Filipinos

The Spread of Catholicism

III The Spanish Missionaries

IV The "Spiritual" Geography of the Philippines

V The Imposition of Christianity

VI The "Philippinization" of Spanish Catholicism

Land, Politics, and Society

VII Exploitation of Labor

VII Ecological and Economic Consequences of the Conquest

IX Political Hispanization

X Patterns of Resistance

XI In Retrospect

Glossary

Appendix: Maps Showing Sites of Cabecera Churches

Notes

Bibliographical Essay and List of Sources

Index

Editorial Reviews

“A landmark work for both Hispanic imperial history and Southeast Asian studies by one of the most respected Latin American historians of his generation.”—Alfred W. McCoy, series editor