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  • 16th century

    • 1529: By the treaty of Zaragosa, Spain relinquished to Portugal all claims to the Moluccas and agreed that no Spaniard should trade or sail west of a meridian drawn 297 leagues east of the Moluccas. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1542: This fact, however, was ignored and in 1542 an attempt to conquer the Philippines was made by Ruy Lopez de Villabos (c. 1500-1544). - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • November 2, 1564: Starting on the 2nd of November 1564, from Navidad, with four ships built and equipped on the spot, Legaspi began an enterprise which entitles him to a place among the greatest of colonial pioneers. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1572: Before his death in 1572 he had explored and pacified a large part of the island territory, had established trade, and had arrested the progress of Mahommedanism. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1591: Direct trade between the Philippines and South America was prohibited. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1593: Trade between the Philippines and Mexico, the only route open between the colony and Spain, was limited to two ships annually, the ships not to exceed 300 tons burden. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 17th century

    • 1601: The Jesuits had opened a college in Manila for the education of Spanish youth. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 19th century

    • 1800: Five hundred such works were printed and distributed in Manila alone before 1800. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1825: The era of discontent may be said to have begun in 1825 when the loss of her colonies on the mainland of America caused Spain Era of to take a more immediate interest in the Philippines, missionary era and brought about the definite entry of the islands into the world of commerce and progress. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1852: The Spanish Filipino Bank was established. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1855: The production increased from about 6000 tons in 1855 to 300,000 tons in 1893, and for many years prior to 1887 it was a more important crop than hemp, but since the American occupation the crop has been smaller. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • December 13, 1855: He was named Governor General of the Philippines during the Philippine Revolution between December 13, 1896 and April 15, 1897, succeeding Ramón Blanco y Erenas. - Camilo de Polavieja, Wikipedia.
    • 1869: The opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, followed by the establishment of direct steam communication between Spain and the Philippines, sounded the death knell of the peaceful outside the city, but were unsuccessful. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1869: He was born in 1869 in Cavite, son of a native farmer of considerable ability, and of a half-caste mother whose father was a Chinaman. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1872: The secret agents of the friars induced the native garrison at Cavite to mutiny and thus give the friars an excuse to press for vigorous action. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • October 10, 1882: In the famous typhoon of the 10th of October 1882, the vortex of which passed over Manila, an immense amount of damage was done in the city. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1892: The first railway in the Philippines was the line from Manila to Dagupan (120 m.) which was built by an English corporation under a guaranty of the Spanish government and was opened in 1892. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1892: He returned to the islands on the assurance of the governor, Eulogio Despujols y Dusay, that he might live there in peace. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1896: The insurrectos attacked the civil guard 1896. Roosevelt signed an act establishing the civil government of the Philippines and providing for a new legislative body. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1897: Two thousand persons lost their lives in Samar and Leyte during the great storm of 1897. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1897: That of 1897 began practically without warning on the 23rd of June, became alarming on the 24th and destructive on the 25th, and ceased on the 30th. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1897: There were 8 in the year 1897 alone, and one of these ruined the town of Zamboanga in west Mindanao and caused considerable loss of life by falling buildings and immense sea waves. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • December 10, 1898: The treaty of peace between the United States and Spain, by which the Philippine Islands passed into the hands of the former, was signed in Paris on the 10th of December 1898, but it was not confirmed by the Senate until the 6th of February 1899. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
  • 20th century

    • 1900s

      • February, 1900: To continue the work of organizing and establishing civil government the president of the United States appointed in February 1900 a Philippine Commission of five members, with William H. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • September, 1900: Under the presidency of Mr Taft it began to exercise a legislative jurisdiction in September 1900. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • September, 1900: On the 1st of September 1900 this body assumed the legislative functions of the central government at Manila; on the 4th of July 1901 the executive authority was, by order of the president, transferred from the military governor to Judge Taft, whom he had appointed civil governor; on the 6th of September 1901 the Philippine Commission, by authority of the president, established the four executive departments, of interior, commerce -and police, finance and justice, and public instruction; and on the 29th of October 1901 the president appointed a vice-governor. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • November 25, 1900: She sailed from Hong Kong 25 November 1900 and arrived at Cavite in the Philippine Islands on 28 November 1900. - USS Don Juan de Austria (1887), Wikipedia.
      • March 23, 1901: With the capture of Aguinaldo on the 23rd of March 1901, the resistance became little more than that of guerrillas. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1902: There were 928 American teachers employed in the Philippine schools; the employment of American teachers is only a temporary policy, however, and by 1908 the number has been reduced to 795. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1902: But in 1902 and 1903 the Philippine government, as established in 1902 by an act of the Congress of the United States, granted franchises for the extension of the Manila-Dagupan railway to Cabanatuan (55 m.) and to Antipolo (24 m.). - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1903: After the 1903 census many towns were enlarged by annexation of suburbs. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • August, 1903: In the year ending August 1903 the amounts of rainfall at 41 observation stations widely distributed throughout the archipelago varied from 16.2 in. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • February, 1905: Congress authorized the Philippine government to aid and encourage the construction of railways by guaranteeing 4% interest on bonds; the duty on imported materials used in the construction of railways and the internal revenue on Philippine forest products used for that purpose have also been removed. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1906: The islands are as rich in birds as they are poor in mammals, the total number of species recorded up to 1906 being 693, of which about one-half are peculiar to the Philippines. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • July 30, 1907: The elections for the first Philippine Assembly were held on the 30th of July 1907, and 31 Nationalists, 16 Progressists, 33 Independents and others were elected. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • October 16, 1907: The first popular assembly, of 80 members, was opened at Manila on the 16th of October 1907, and since then the legislature has been composed of two branches, the Philippine Commission (five Americans and four, formerly three, Filipinos), and the Philippine Assembly. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1908: Besides the elementary schools there are at Manila the Philippine Normal School, the Philippine School of Arts and Trades, the Philippine School of Commerce and the school for the instruction of the deaf and blind, and in 1908 the Philippine legislature passed an act for the establishment of a university of the Philippines. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • February, 1909: The legislature convened for its second session on the 1st of February 1909. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • March, 1909: In the 47 years ending March 1909 the various regions of the archipelago were visited by about 60 strong earthquakes; 16 of these, in ten different regions, occurred in the decade from 1890 to 1900. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
      • 1909: Free trade was established between the United States and the Philippines in all goods which are the growth, product or manufacture of these countries, with the exception of rice, except that a limit to the free importation from the Philippines to the United States in any one year is fixed on cigars at 15,000,000; on wrapper tobacco and on filler tobacco, when mixed with more than 15% of wrapper tobacco, at 300,000 th; on filler tobacco at 1,000,000 lb and on sugar at 300,000 gross tons. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1910s

      • December 13, 1911: Polk was born at Camp McGraw in Batangas in the Philippines on December 13, 1911 to Colonel Harding Polk, and the former Ester Fleming. - James H. Polk, Wikipedia.
      • 1913: Among the acts was one providing for the continuance of Spanish as the official language of the courts until 1913; an act providing for bankruptcy; and an act fixing the age of majority at 21 years. - Philippine Islands, 1911encyclopedia.
    • 1920s

    • 1930s

      • September 25, 1935: Chester embarked the Secretary of War and his party for a voyage to the Philippines in connection with the inauguration of the President of the Philippines Commonwealth on 15 November. - USS Chester (CA-27), Wikipedia.
      • November 11, 1935: He served in that capacity from 19 January to 11 November 1935 when he became Captain of the Yard at Olongapo in the Philippines. - Ryland Dillard Tisdale, Wikipedia.
    • 1940s

    • 1960s

    • 1970s

    • 1980s

    • 1990s

  • 21st century







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