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The innovations which travelled to the Philippines. An approach to the biological conquest of the islands (XVI-XVIIIth centuries)

Author(s): Miguel Luque-Talaván

Year: 2017

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Every process of discovery, conquest and colonization, regardless of its magnitude and historical implications, entails a transformation in those societies in which it takes place. The Philippines, as it had already happened to other parts of the world before, was no exception. The conquest of the Philippines Islands by the Spanish Monarchy supposed the transformation of a very important part of the indigenous population of the islands.

In this occasion we studied the biological conquest of the islands and the impact between its inhabitants and its ecosystem. Analyzing those exogenous elements that, traveling on board of the Manila Galeon, contributed to the island´s life. That´s exactly what we call ecological impact of the conquest, derive of the introduction of new proceeding farming from Spain or from the Spanish American possessions, as well as agriculturalist and cattle raising new technics.

The other subject of our study is the demographic impact that conquest and colonization processes had on the indigenous population. Not only because of the diseases transmitted to them, but also because of the forced movements of population; as well as the European and African migration and its consequent miscegenation or mestizaje with the American indigenous population.

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The innovations which travelled to the Philippines. An approach to the biological conquest of the islands (XVI-XVIIIth centuries). Miguel Luque-Talaván. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430778)


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min long: 66.885; min lat: -8.928 ; max long: 147.568; max lat: 54.059 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 15995

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America