Tuesday, July 17, 2012


1755 - Pedro Manuel de Arandia y Santestaban, governor and captain-general of colonial Philippines for the Spanish crown, reports that all non-Christian Chinese have been expelled, to be readmitted in the future only on account of trading purposes; 76 years earlier, Spanish governor for the Southeast Asian colony Juan de Vargas, issued a royal cedula compelling all local unmarried Chinese, in the Philippines, whether they were Catholic Christians or unbaptized, to live at the Parian while the married ones were to remain in Binondo, Manila; the commercial vacuum left by the expelled non-Christianized Chinese would be momentarily filled in by British traders, with the said trading interest serving to contribute to England's future colonization plans on Manila; Spanish colonization of the Philippine archipelago began in the mid-16th century when King Philip II sent sent an expedition to conquer said islands in 1559 following the earlier exploration missions including the important one led by explorer Ferdinand Magellan who was killed by the forces of native chieftain Lapu-Lapu of the island of Mactan.

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