Today in Philippine History, December 5, 1573, Martin Enriquez wrote the King of the arrival of ships in New Spain from the Philippines

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On December 5, 1573, Martin Enriquez, viceroy of New Spain, wrote King Felipe II, announcing the arrival of ships with dispatches from the Philippines. With them was the Augustinian friar Diego de Herrera, who was on his way to Spain to inform the king of the violence and injustice which were being committed in the islands specially by soldiers who received no pay and maintained themselves by raids on the native villages.

Enriquez noted that the resources of the Philippines are great but every one asserts that the chief deficiency of that land is justice and without justice there is no safety, many persons die and there has been little increase in population. He asked that large ships be provided for the Philippine trade and that artillery, rigging, and supplies be provided for a reenforcement despatch to the Philippines he was planning the following year.

Enriquez also requested the king to reward the faithful services rendered by (Governor Miguel Lopez de) Legazpi by providing his daughters who were of marrying age, and son Melchor some grant in New Spain.

A cargo of gold, spices, wax and other goods were sent to the King.

Reference:
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1803, Volume 1, number 3, Blair, Emma Helen, ed. d.1911.


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