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The Spanish Experience in Taiwan, 1626–1642The Baroque Ending of a Renaissance Endeavour$
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Jose Eugenio Borao

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090835

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090835.001.0001

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The Arrival in Taiwan

The Arrival in Taiwan

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The Spanish Experience in Taiwan, 1626–1642

José Eugenio Borao Mateo


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

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