Tag Archive: invasion
Historical Controversies Series: Surviving the Dutch Death Trap
I used to think that the Dutch were fair, fun-loving and liberally-minded people but I never realized that they were depicted as “ruthless and gruesome bands of scallawags” by the Spanish during their first 150 years in the Philippines. The legend of the fearsome and dreaded Dutchmen were retold to children who misbehaved. During the late 16th and early 17th century, the Spanish colony was still struggling to survive because of revolts and some foreign threats like that of Limahong and Coxinga. In the international scene, Spain may have ruled the seas but deep inside she has a troubled foreign policies especially on its treatment of her subjects in the Low Countries.
Historical Controversies Series: The British Interlude
You may agree with me or not, but most of us Filipinos believed that the Spanish, Americans and Japanese were the ONLY foreign countries that ruled our land. But in reality, we had some shares of unwelcome visitors that ravaged our motherland. The British had the largest empire the world has ever seen by the late 19th century but 200 years before that, Spain was the mistress of the world as her empire stretched from the North and South America, Africa and Asia. It was her crowning glory and as a fitting tribute to her glory, its dubbed as “Siglo de Oro.” Despite her achievements, she remained envious of her enemies like the British, French and the Dutch. Because of this, she waged countless colonial wars against her adversaries and even attempted to invade the British Isles itself — the first since Guillaume duc D’Normandie (William the Conqueror) and followed by the likes of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler.