I come from the capital city Manila, which by the way, is in the Philippines. I absolutely love the place I am from, and am very proud to be a Filipino. For those of you who are not very familiar with my country, here is the Philippine map which clearly shows Manila. (I am actually also from Davao, but it isn’t shone on this map.)
These factors are now the HISTORICAL factors which also brought the Spanish over to the Manila.
The large population in Manila was a benefit for the Spanish. Most likely because there would be access to more slaves and laborers to help establish the city.
Another factor is that by moving to the Philippines, it would be easier to develop contacts with Japan and China to forward Christian missionary efforts. The Spanish wanted World Christianity, and in fact, they were the first ones to convert us Filipinos to Christians.
Whilst ruling, the Spanish began Government Tobacco Monopoly as well the growth of a cash-crop economy. Meaning, they would grow exquisite crops to be traded along the Spice Trade route. Due to these advances, there were bound to be many visitors.
Now here are some MORE pictures, this time, showing the HISTORICAL factors!
This is the map of Asia. As you can see, the Philippines is very close to China and Japan; which must have made it easier for the Spanish to make contact. These peppers and indigo plants are only some of the plants that were cultivated in the cash-crop economy.
Sources Information Sources: 1 . Dolan , Ronald. "The Early Spanish Period ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://countrystudies.us/philippines/4.htm>. 2. The World Factbook . 27/11/09. CIA , Web. 22 Jan 2010. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/rp.html>. Image Sources: "Overview Map of the Philippines ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://www.bohol.ph/img/rp-overview.gif>. "The Asian Spice Trade in Pre-European Era." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://ceramics.chalre.com/images/spice_trade_map.jpg>. "Rice Fields, Philippines ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://lelechicon3hk.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/Iloilo,_rice_fields.226204726_std.jpg>.
A Little More Reference… Image Sources: "Manila Harbor Bay, Philippines ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http:// www.pixdaus.com/pics/1216427337WSFT2ih.jpg>. "Asia Map." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://www.backpackerasia.co.uk/images/asia-map.gif>. "Bell Peppers ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://coolrain44.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/bell_peppers.jpg>. "Indigo ." Web. 22 Jan 2010. <http://www.beloblog.com/ProJo_Blogs/garden/indigo.jpg>. I hope this PowerPoint has helped your understanding about Manila and the Philippines!