The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume 51, 1801-1840

The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume 51, 1801-1840

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Excerpt from The Philippine Islands, 1493 1898, Vol. 51: Explorations by Early Navigators, Descriptions of the Islands and Their Peoples, Their History and Records of the Catholic Missions, as Related in Contemporaneous Books and Manuscripts; 1801 1840
In the present volume, a brief outline of events in Filipinas during the period 1801-40 serves as a back ground and setting for the following surveys of po litical, social, and economic conditions in the islands during that period. Of these, one is made by an English naval officer who had visited the islands, another by a Spanish official of long experience, and a third (presented in synopsis) by a merchant famil iar with the commerce of the Orient and the Ameri cas. These different accounts (written at nearly the same time) furnish most valuable knowledge of the Philippines and their people, and their needs and possibilities; and at the same time they re ect the more enlightened and liberal ideas of policy and administration which had gained a foothold in Spain, and which the recent loss of her other colonies had made her more willing to put in practice in Filipinas.
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