spanish colonisation

@ deped why dont you ever teach children regional history

(All historical figures cited are cebuano bc OP is cebuano)

Did u know literally no one in the new generation knows the story of general maxilom, tuburan, and the anti-american resistance in cebu? It’s not just antonio luna who fought against the americans.

What about governor mj cuenco? Archbishop reyes? V. Rama? Marcelo Fernan? What is the significance/impact of the osmeña family to the cebuano society?

No one in the new generation knows who these people are, only hearing them casually in the streets while trying to get a jeep because our streets are named after them.

Why didnt we ever think to teach regional history? The philippines started in cebu: limasawa, rajah humabon, rajah lapu-lapu, the spanish colonisation of the philippines. That is so far the only mention of cebu in philippine history. Why did you stop there?

There are fighters in other places too. Not just manila. Not just cebu. There might be rich history in Ilo-ilo, cagayan de oro, bohol, samar, masbate. Every island in the philippines has its story, so why dont we teach it?

It doesnt have to be graded: in fact, it shouldnt be graded. It should be shared knowledge. The children should know the history of where they came from. Not just the history of luzon. Tbh it comes off as imperialist. Where is the regional history?

oberyn7156-deactivated20160910  asked:

Do you know the history og the Arawak/Taino people of Haiti ?? I can't find much information about them (but I know they existed especially in Haiti !?)

Hello, thank you for your question.

Yes, finding information on pre-Columbian societies in Haiti can be difficult.

There were indeed Taínos/Arawak people in Haiti. Estimates vary, but most believe that about 86% of population died within few decades of contact with the Europeans. By the 1560s, the Taínos would have largely disappeared from the island (especially in the Western shore, which is today Haiti). *Given that Hispaniola was among the first islands to be ‘discovered’ by the Europeans, the native populations were very deeply affected by the early encounters.

Studying the pre-Columbian history of Haiti is interesting in part because we get a sense of the ‘shared’ history of Hispaniola’s two countries. (You may be aware that Anacaona, a Cacique (chief) who was executed in 1502 (or 1504) by the Spaniards, is a very important historical/mythological figure both in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.)

Now, in terms of readings, most sources on colonial Saint-Domingue will give you an idea of what life looked like before and during the early years of Spanish colonisation. You can see our reading suggestions for this period here.

For more specific monographs, I suggest you look at Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus (1990) by Samuel M. Wilson and also, Caciques and Cemi Idols: The Web Spun by Taino Rulers Between Hispaniola and Puerto Rico (2009) by Jose R Oliver.

And finally, I strongly recommend you browse the pages of Island Luminous, a fantastic online resource for Haitian history. You can start reading about the Taínos/Arawaks here.

I hope this was helpful! Good day.


August 10th 1680: Pueblo Revolt begins

On this day in 1680 Pueblo Indians in present day New Mexico began an uprising against Spanish colonisers. Any rebellions against Spanish rule in the province of Santa Fe de Nuevo México by the indigenous people were brutally suppressed. This violence, coupled with Spanish seizure of Indian crops and possessions, and Spanish assaults on pueblo religion and enforcement of Christianity, led to deep resentment of exploitative Spanish rule. This came to a head in 1680, when Tewa leader Popé (or Po'Pay) led a co-ordinated, large-scale uprising against the Spanish. The revolt was in direct response to the Spanish governor’s arrest and beating of 47 pueblo shamans, one of whom was Popé. On the night of August 10th thousands of Indians across the province rose up against the Spanish authorities. 2,500 warriors sacked the colonial headquarters in Santa Fe and in the next few days over 400 Spaniards were killed. The rebellion was ultimately successful in driving the Spanish out of the region. However after Popé’s death in 1688 his loose confederation of pueblos fell apart and descended into infighting and wars with neighbouring tribes. The Spanish were therefore able to launch a reconquest in 1692, but this time were careful to allow pueblo religion to continue. While it was short-lived, the remarkable success of the Pueblo Revolt against the far better armed Spanish makes it the most successful act of resistance ever undertaken by Native Americans against European invaders.


Dancing Devils of Yare

Thousands of people have been taking part in one of Venezuela’s biggest cultural festivals. The Catholic celebration of Corpus Christi, honouring the Holy Eucharist, is blended with African traditions to create a ritual depicting the fight between the forces of good and  evil.

The tradition dates back to the Spanish colonisation of Venezuela, when African slaves were brought to South America. The Diablos Danzantes, or Dancing Devils, of San Francisco de Yare, a town in the Tuy Valley, are Venezuela’s best-known group, and South America’s oldest such brotherhood.