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.
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