Discovering Philippines - Spanish Archives
In 1998 there was an exhibition at the Center for Historic Studies of Public Works and Town Planning, a sub-agency of the Centro de Estudios y Experimentación de Obras Públicas (CEDEX), in Madrid Spain. The exhibition, called "Manila 1571-1898, The West in East", featured 25 panels describing the Spanish influence on its colony in Asia using maps, drawings and photos from that period. Besides the actual exhibition, a virtual exhibition was available on the CEDEX website in Spanish and English. Both exhibitions have since ended.
Most of the maps, drawings and other images used in the exhibit can only be found in the libraries and archives in Spain. If there are books available with this many illustrations, I haven't come across them. After noticing that the link to the exhibition was "dead", I decided to recreate it here for students and anyone interested in Philippine history. I didn't think the online exhibition would be available for long so I saved it.
The original pages and illustrations weren't copyrighted and I only make claim to this particular web-version. Except for correcting some spelling, the text on the panels is the same as the original on-line exhibition. So my disclaimer is that the viewpoint is not mine and I make no claims about the accuracy of anything written or displayed. For a description of the 1998 exhibition, see CEHOPU.
Warning! Each panel has about a dozen images so modem connections beware. Total page size shown.
A few panels to get started:
Discovering Philippines Copyright © 2004 Robert S. Gardner