In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines - Chapter 3, The Spanish Bond Summary & Analysis

Stanley Karnow
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Chapter 3, The Spanish Bond Summary

The Philippines stagnate under Spanish rule. Most of the soldiers and priests come from Spain second hand--through Mexico, where they find the Filipinos a welcome relief from the native Mexican population. They excitedly concentrate on collecting revenue and converting the population to Christianity. For the most part, they are ignored by Spain. With soldiers relatively scarce, the Catholic monasteries have a large amount of power over the natives. In a very real way, the country is ruled indirectly from the Vatican and Rome for three hundred years. A major split occurs over a policy of allowing Filipinos to be educated, but not allowing them to become priests. This creates resentment among the growing Filipino educated class.

Within ten years of Legazpi's rule, the country relents to Spanish rule. There are sporadic skirmishes in outlying Muslim areas, but...

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