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Blair and Robertson


Most of the primary source documents immediately prior to the taking of the islands by the Spaniards up to the events immediately prior to the revolution against Spain is contained in the Blair and Robertson volumes. The University of Michigan Digital Library offers the public free access to the scanned pages of these volumes. The link above will take you to a different page on this site where we have a comprehensive table of contents for the 55 volumes. Additionally, we present below the most important documents from the Blair and Robertson collection.


Selections from Blair and Robertson


The papal bulls issued by Pope Alexander VI, which divided the known world between Spain and Portugal.


The Treaty of Tordesillas, which effectively countered the bulls of Pope Alexander VI.


Relation of the voyage to the Philippines by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.



The first and second parts respectively of Antonio Morga's Succesos de las Islas Felipinas.


The first page of the English translation of Antonio Pigafetta's First Voyage Around the World. The book was republished in such a way that an Italian and an English page face each other.


Other Volumes


Project Gutenberg copy of the Doctrina Christiana, the first book published in the Philippines. The HTML version contains the scan of each page. There is a very good introduction as to the authorship and other topics regarding the book.


The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes, edited by Austin Craig. Contains Jagor's Travel in the Philippines (1875), Comyn's State of the Philippines in 1810, Wilkes' Manila and Sulu in 1842, White's Manila in 1819, Virchow's The Peopling of the Philippines, People and Prospects of the Philippines by two unidentified Englishmen, and Karuth's Filipino Merchants of the Early 1890s.


Wanderings Among South Sea Savages And in Borneo and the Philippines by H. Wilfrid Walker contains descriptions of a native Filipino hut, a Negrito family, and a Negrito dance.

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