HomeThe Journal of Historyvol. 54 no. 1 (2008)

The Visayas: Islands in the Seas, A Historical Perspective (Series 3)

Earl Jude Paul L. Cleope

Discipline: History



This paper is intended as a sequel to the collection of essays for an ambitious project on the History of the Visayas. Series I explored the role of the bodies of water surrounding the Visayas Islands in the historical development of the region by examining the folklore and etymologies about these Islands. Series 2 delved into the conditions of the islands at the time of European contract. Series 3 examines the subsequent Spanish colonization of the Visayas Islands and looks into the reaction of the inhabitants. By way of synthesis, the paper collates the textual constructs of experts and local historians dealing with each island of the Visayas region to present the History of the Visayas as a whole in the context of developing an evolving historiography towards a national history of the Philippines.