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Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas (Literatura) (Spanish Edition)

Morga Antonio de

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ISBN 10: 9681675452 / ISBN 13: 9789681675455
Published by Fondo de Cultura Econà mica, 2007
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Title: Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas (Literatura) ...

Publisher: Fondo de Cultura Econà mica

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1.

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Este libro es un documento imprescindible no sólo para la cultura filipina sino hispano-americana, pues es la primera historia de Filipinas desde que los españoles se toparon con las islas hasta los primeros años del siglo XVII. Escrito por un oidor de Manila que había pasado ocho años en la región, describe los intentos de España por colonizar el archipiélago, por llevar el cristianismo a Oriente y dominar los tráficos de la especiería, en la época de mayor expansión de las ambiciones españolas en las Molucas. Junto con el texto se incluye un estudio crítico elaborado por la doctora Francisca Perujo.

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Antonio de Morga [1] Spanish conquistador, governmental official, and historical anthropologist; author of Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas (Events in the Philippine Islands). Antonio de Morga wrote the first lay formal history of the Philippine conquest by Spain. Beginning at age thirty-four Morga was a prominent governmental official in the Philippines from 1595 to 1603 (Justice of the Audiencia). He held a doctorate in cannon and civil law. By the standards of his day Morga was conscious and upright as well as rather austere. He was unhappy with those under whom he served and was frequently at odds with the clerical order. Morga suffered military defeat against the Dutch and was accused of cowardice. His history is valuable in that Morga had access to the survivors of the earliest days of the colony and he, himself, participated in many of the accounts that he rendered. The book narrates the history of wars, intrigues, diplomacy and evangelization of the Philippines in a somewhat disjointed way. Modern historians (including Rizal) have noted that Morga has a definite bias and would often distort facts or even rely on invention to fit his defense of the Spanish conquest. The last chapter (eight) is of particular importance as it deals with the culture of the early Filipino people. His record deals with many skills, ethics, and social patterns that had become compromised or lost due to the domination of the Spanish and the growing impact of Chinese culture. There have been several editions of his work: H. E. J. Stanley (1868); José Rizal (1890); Emma Helen Blair and James Alexander Robertson (1904), and W. E. Retana (1909). A recent (1971) edited translation is by J. S. Cummins, in a series by the Hakluyt Society, Second Series, No. 140 printed by the Cambridge University Press. The value of Rizal s edition lies in its annotations wherein Rizal exposes Spanish duplicity and expresses the values of pre-Hispanic Filipino culture. Rizal uses this wo

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