About this bookExcerpt from The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Vol. 52: 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; 1841-1898
Of exceeding interest and importance is the third volume of Mas's I nforme, on the policy of the Span ish government as regards internal affairs in the Philippine Islands. Intended almost exclusively for the use Of the government, but comparatively few copies were published, and hence the volume is of great rarity, and is not mentioned by most of the bibliographers. We know with certainty of four copies: two owned in the Philippines, one by the heirs of Clemente Zulueta, and the other by Epifanio de los Santos (our translation being made from a typewritten copy of the latter) one in the Peabody Institute, Baltimore, and one in the collection of the Compar'iia General de Tabacos de Filipinas, Barce lona. Its chief value and importance lie in its treat ment of various vital questions that had already begun to present themselves to some minds more or less clearly - the relation of the filipino-spaniards to those of the Peninsula; questions concerning the natives, Chinese mestizos, and Spaniards; separation from Spain; and lastly, the proposition to free the islands. The document, while containing many things that are general in nature, and which even appear childish and visionary, is in many other things clear-sighted, and Shows deep and keen Observation.
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