Spain Imperialism Essay

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The Philippines is a country with 7,107 islands that consisted of many ethnic groups such as Cebuano, Tagalog, and Waray, and many religions such as Shamanistic, Hinduism, and Vajrayana Buddhism, until Spain completely colonized the Philippines in the year 1565. Spain colonized the Philippines for Manila’s port and Moluccas’ spices to traded better with Asia and used indirect rule to control the natives. Therefore, Spain’ imperialism over the Philippines permanently changed their culture. Spain colonized the Philippines was very benefit to Spain economic as well for the permanently changed on Filipino’s culture.
Spain colonized the Philippines for Manila's port and Moluccas' spices to improve their trading with Asia such as Viet Nam, China, and Japan, to improve their wealth. Spain colonized the Philippines to controlled Moluccas known as the spice island in order to obtain many ...view middle of the document...

Spain used indirect control over the Philippines to maintain their rule over the Philippines. Spain used Philippines’ elites or principalia as their viceroy to control the natives under the Spain rule by their elites. Spain wanted the Philippines’ elites who learned how to speak both Filipino and Spanish to rule the lower class in order to maintain the Spain rule over them due to able to communicate with both the Philippines’ people and Spain’s monarchy. Another method that Spain used to show their authority is the sacred tradition baptism to show their authority to the Catholic Philippines that they belonged to Spain. Spain used religion to controlled the Philippines was very effective because they can use the Philippines’ faith against themselves to obey the Spain’s rule under using God’s name similar to the uses of fairy tales, myths, or any stories to controlled children.
The Spain’s culture permanent influenced and changed the Philippines’s culture. Spain wanted to continue to spread Christianity further to different place of the world when Spain colonized the Philippines; they converted the Philippines into Catholic. Before Spain introduced Christianity to the Philippines, the many Philippines had the many different religion, Shamanistic, Animism, Islam, and Vajrayana Buddhism, they were not really united, but until Spain colonized them, 90% were Catholics, 5% were Muslim, and 5% other religions uniting most of the Philippines under their rule. Spain also introduced new holidays to the Philippines such as New Year’s (Bagong Taon) and December 25 Christmas (Pasko). Now the Philippines are still celebrating these new holidays after the Spain’s imperialism, which denotes that Spain had influenced the Philippines’ culture because the Philippines never celebrated Christmas, Holy week, or the Day of the Dead until Spain colonized the Philippines in 1562.
In 1565, Spain colonized the Philippines for their personal reason to improve their wealth and permanently changed the Philippines’ culture.

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