The Arrival in Taiwan

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:
The Arrival in Taiwan

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This chapter discusses Spain's interest in establishing a post in Isla Hermosa, its political justifications for the conquest, and the evaluation of the conquest according to Francisco de Vitoria's principle of the Law of Nations. In 1619, Bartolomé Martínez suggested the establishment of one garrison on Isla Hermosa in order to be closer to the Chinese to facilitate commercial dealings and to prevent the Dutch attacks on Chinese sampans during the blockade period. Dutch pressure increased in 1624–1626, and the Chinese trade in Manila experienced a significant decline. As a result, Fernando de Silva, acting governor of the Philippines, occupied a post in northern Taiwan, following the original plans of Martínez.

Keywords: Isla Hermosa; Francisco de Vitoria; Law of Nations; Bartolomé Martínez; Chinese trade; Fernando de Silva

Chapter.  12312 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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