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Who Discovered the Philippines (part 1)


Magellan Founded the Philippines???

Hello everybodies, I thought maybe I give you little educations about Philippines so I did some research in Library and on internet and talk to my teacher at school. But wow so long, so I will do my story in parts 1, parts 2 etc. So here we goes. Let me know what you think.

Who Discovered the Philippines?

The West discovered the Philippines when Ferdinand Magellan, the Portuguese explorer who sailed for Spain, landed in Cebu in 1521. However, colonization didn’t actually begin until 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi established a Spanish base in the town of Manila, at least that is what is tought.

History books will tell you it’s the Portuguese explorer named Ferdinand Magellan (Fernando de Magallanes) under the banner of Spain. However, even before he was taken to the Philippine soils in 1521, the people already had their own civilization and had been actively trading with the Chinese and Indians.

It is quite common to find many Filipinos and websites about the Philippines to mention that the Philippines was discovered in March 1521 by famed Portuguese navigator by the name of Ferdinand Magellan. Though this seems correct according to many sources both modern and earlier, the statement itself does bring a bit of controversy. There are those who question the accuracy of this statement and thus brining up the question of who discovered the Philippines.

But was he really the one who discovered the Philippines?

As far as I’m concerned, it’s an irrelevant question to Filipinos because it is essentially a foreigner’s question. I suppose someone before Magellan could lay claim to have discovered the Philippines, but from the point of view of the Filipino who was already there, s/he would not have thought that the foreigner discovered her/him. If s/he had a diary, it would probably have said something about foreigners arriving; no mention would have been made of being “discovered.” And that’s what looking at Philippine history from the Filipino point of view is all about.

Technically, an ethnic group from Asia settled in the Philippines about 30,000 years ago. About 6,000 years ago, the Malay people, a group of Malayo-Polynesian speaking people originated from the populations of Taiwanese aborigines came to settle in the Philippines. After that, Chinese traders visited these islands from 1000 AD, and Islam was introduced in the 15th century.

Thank you for reading my post, “Who Discovered the Philippines.” Please check back next Friday for Part 2. I will gives you lesson in being Filipino :). Michelle

4 Responses to “Who Discovered the Philippines (part 1)”

  1. Paul Freeman says:

    Thanks for your viewpoint. It good to see things from the other point of view. Keep it up. I enjoyed it and will check back for all your further blogs.

    • Michelle says:

      Thanks to you 2 somuch, I haves part 2 next friday and parts 3 and 4 each friday after dats + I post other befor friday too!

      • Michelle says:

        Thanks to you Paul for nice comment. I knows you will likes parts 2, 3 and 4 on next three friday. So comes back to me blog 🙂

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