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Post Philippines: Spanish Colonization (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines)
Created by John Eipper on 10/23/06 6:31 PM - philippines-spanish-colonization-bienvenido-macario-philippines

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Philippines: Spanish Colonization (Bienvenido Macario, Philippines) (John Eipper, USA, 10/23/06 6:31 pm)

Bienvenido Macario writes:

Let us look at the socio-political development in the Philippine Islands
from the time the aging conquistador Miguel Lopez de Legaspi successfully
established a colony in Cebu in 1565, 44 years after Magellan landed in
the neighboring island of Limasawa in Central Philippines. Legaspi is said
to have been a minor Basque aristocrat.
Comparing the Western conquest of the Philippines and that of the New
World, the natives and aborigines of the Philippines did not suffer
exactly the same injustice as the Native Americans. Yet today's
descendants of the various tribes of America, or what's left of those
tribes, are a lot better off than both the natives and aborigines of the
Philippine Islands.
I have to mention again the green slavery in the Philippines, where OFW's
(Overseas Filipino Workers) work in distant places to provide for their families and loved ones with their children growing up and reared by
single parents or someone other than the parents. This differs little from
the 19th African slave families who were auctioned off separately to
different masters and thereby breaking up the families.
My question would be this: If the [US] Native Americans had been
assimilated with the various European settlers, would we have the America
of today?
Maybe we have to have a fatalistic view, and Darwin's theory of evolution
comes to mind with his "survival of fittest" theory of evolution. Those
who are fit to live will somehow manage to survive.  

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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA

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