HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 8 no. 4 (1960)

The Ransom of Manila

Dalmacio Martin

Discipline: History



It was some 200 years since Legazpi founded the city of Manila when the British came to take it away from  Spanish hands. What were the terms of surrender signed by the Spanish authorities, and how did the British try to enforce them during and after the war? What did the Treaty of Peace say about the Philippines?


This paper tries to answer these questions. It discusses the different agreements signed by both parties, and how the English men tried to collect the promised ransom of Manila from the Spaniards.