Chapter VII (INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL OF FILIPINO UPRISINGS)
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF FILIPINO UPRISINGS
The early missionaries learned the language of their flock and even their customs and traditions. They lived among the people as the father and mentors of the community. At times they took the sides of the natives against tax exaction of the state. They worked through the chiefs and established themselves as an additional authority. Greater power together with the decline in missionary zeal gave rise to greater abuse. As landlords, they became economic exploiter whose abuse threatens economic survival of the natives. REASONS FOR FILIPINO EARLY UPRISING
There were FOUR REASONS for the Filipino to rise in arms against the Spaniards: Filipinos love freedom and did not want a foreign power to rule over them; the brutality and injustices of many Spanish officials in the country and the agrarian troubles between the Filipinos and Spanish friars; and being very religious, the people in certain regions wanted to go back to the worship of their ancestral gods.
THE MORO WARS
The Spanish become more serious when the fierce Muslims of Mindanao and sulu began attacking the coastal towns in the visayas and Luzon. The term “MORO” was used by Spaniards to refer to the muslim Filipinos. It originated from the “MOOR” which the Spaniards had given to the muslim from morocco in north Africa, who conquered and occupied Spain for over 800 years. The muslim were brave and skilled in the manufacture and use of arms. Fort pillar was built to protect the Christian missionaries. In 1635 governor salamanca founded what is now zamboanga city and defended it successfully from tagal in the battle of punta de fleches. Since the Spanish forced the Christian Filipinos to fight the muslim , the letter through that their own countrymen were also against them, not only fought the Spaniards and their Filipino brothers.
REASONS WHY THE REVOLT FAILED...