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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 Spanish Experience in Taiwan, 1626–1642
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José Eugenio Borao Mateo

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DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090835.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   Isla Hermosa, Formosa, Taiwan, Spice Islands, Renaissance, Philippines

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