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Constitutional History Of The Philippines

Manila.—But all of these cities had been far surpassed in importance by the capital on the banks of the Pasig. Manila, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, was unquestionably the most significant European city of the East. As we have already observed, in 1580 Portugal had been annexed by Spain and with her had come all the Portuguese possessions in India, China, and Malaysia. Immediately after 1610, the Dutch were nearly annually warring for this colonial empire, and Portugal regained her independence in...