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Introduction

José Eugenio Borao Mateo

in The Spanish Experience in Taiwan, 1626–1642

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090835
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090835.003.0001
Introduction

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The arrival of Spaniards in Isla Hermosa (or Formosa in Portuguese, currently Taiwan) from the Philippines can only be understood as another Spanish enterprise in the East in the context of the late Renaissance impetus, which originally started one century earlier with the aim of gaining access to the Spice Islands. This book explores Renaissance action in the East which is observed through different perspectives not only in the Philippines but also in Taiwan: belligerent national affirmation, intellectual interrogation, ethnological encounters, colonial construction, economic expansion, and Counter-reformist spirit.

Keywords: Isla Hermosa; Formosa; Taiwan; Spice Islands; Renaissance; Philippines

Chapter.  2456 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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