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Dasmarinases, Early Governors of the Spanish Philippines (Hardcover) (John Newsome Crossley)
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Building upon Dr Crossleyâ€™s 2011 book (â€˜Hernando de los RÃos Coronel and the Spanish Philippines in the Golden Ageâ€™) this new work further expands our understanding of the Spanish Philippines by looking at GÃ³mez PÃ©rez DasmariÃ±as and his son Luis, successive governors from 1589. Drawing upon a rich selection of documents from the official Spanish archives (principally the Archivo General de Indias, Seville) and earlier histories, the book also utilizes an unpublished 628 page manuscript in the Lilly Library at Indiana University to provide many details not available elsewhere. In so doing the book reveals the complex situation that existed in the Philippines and how the two governors (and the people around them) threw out, and responded to, challenges from a variety of different cultures. Born into a rich family in north-western Spain about 1539, GÃ³mez PÃ©rez DasmariÃ±as had a distinguished career in Spain before being selected in 1588, to become the new governor of the Philippines. A devout Christian intent on converting the new country in which he found himself, DasmariÃ±as epitomised the Spanish stateâ€™s increasing emphasis on its missionary role. He departed Spain with clear instructions from the king, which had been drawn up in response to requests from the Philippines, asking for a better governor and one of higher moral standards than they had previously enjoyed. From the evidence found in his sources, John Newsome Crossley argues that DasmariÃ±as largely measured up to these requirements. Killed in an attempt to capture the fort at TÄ•rnate in the Moluccas in 1593, GÃ³mez PÃ©rez DasmariÃ±as was succeeded by his son Luis. After being replaced himself as governor in 1596, Luis remained in the Philippines until his death in the Chinese rebellion of 1603 in Manila. In revealing the story of the two DasmariÃ±as governors, this book further illuminates the history of the Spanish Philippines and its relationship both with the wider Spanish empire, and the regional powers including China, Japan, Siam and Cambodia.
Number of Pages: 264
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: John Newsome Crossley
Street Date: April 5, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-2679
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