The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 — Volume 12 of 55 eBook

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Considering that the trade should be preserved, and that the officials on the ships should be inhabitants of the Filipinas, and appointed there.  That there be a consulate there, which should control the pancada.  That the coinage of money be diminished.  That the third part [of confiscated goods] go to the informer.  That the duties be increased.  That if Peru be allowed to trade, it be to a limited amount; and that dues and customs be imposed.  That the trading fleets and armed vessels act in concert.  That there be a warehouse in Acapulco, wherein to register the merchandise, and where violations of law may be detected; and that the same be done in Manila, with goods sent there.  To forbid the use of stuffs for clothing from China.



In the ships which came this year to these islands from Nueva Espana, came the president, Don Pedro de Acuna, who thereupon took up the government; and in the ships which were afterward despatched to Nueva Espana, account was given to your Majesty of this, and of what else occurred on all sides.

A few days afterward, the president supplied himself with ships, military stores, and fighting men in the provinces of Pintados, in order to go against the hostile Mindanaos and Joloans—­who, with the help of the Terrenate Moros of Maluco, are infesting them and overrunning those islands every day, with a great deal of damage.  Just then word came from Andrea Furtado de Mendoca that with a number of galleons and a fleet of your Majesty’s, he was descending upon the fortress of Terrenate to capture it; and conformably with a letter to the president from Arias de Saldana, viceroy of India, which he sent at the same time, he begged that reenforcements of vessels and some men, which he needed, might be sent him, in order that the purpose of the undertaking might be assured.  Recognizing the great importance of this, and considering that, if that fortress were taken, besides the great profit from the cloves, [13] these regions would be safe from so fierce an enemy as that which is harassing and overrunning it, and especially that these islands would root out those Mindanaos and Joloans—­it seemed to him expedient and necessary that part of what had been prepared for Pintados should be sent to the aforesaid fleet.  In order to carry this out well, the president decided that he would go in person to the island of Sibu.  May fervent prayers be offered to our Lord that He may give them the good fortune which is needed, in order that by it service may be rendered to Him, and that of your Majesty may be entirely fulfilled.

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