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Conquest and Pestilence in the Early Spanish Philippines

Linda A. Newson


Scholars have long assumed that Spanish colonial rule had only a limited demographic impact on the Philippines. Filipinos, they believed, had acquired immunity to Old World diseases prior to Spanish arrival; conquest was thought to have been more benignt han what took place in the Americas because of more enlightened colonial policies introduced by Philip II. This book illuminates the demographic history of the Spanish Philippines in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and, in the process, challenges these assumptions. The book demonstrates that the islands suffered a significant populatio ... More

Keywords: demographic history, population decline, Americas, Spanish colonial rule, Spanish Philippines, Filipinos, Old World diseases, Luzon, Visayas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780824832728
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824832728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda A. Newson, author
King's College London