a dummy's guide to leon kilat, carcar and the philippine revolution (First of Three Parts)
To more easily rein in the innumerable islands and unrelated tribes, Spain administered las islas as one nation. Significant was calling the entire islands by one name, plus the giving out of surnames to non-Spaniards in it. This unification success in turn may have also opened the eyes of indios to governance, to uniting themselves as one as the Spaniards had.
For some days immediately after their tres de Abril (1898) victory, the Cebu Katipuneros have the Spanish forces and civilians reeling and seeking refuge at the Fuerza San Pedro, and the revolucionarios take over the ciudad. Why the rebels didn’t make a wholehearted go for the fort itself, to end the struggle once and for all –– but they content themselves…
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