Chronological Table
of Leading Events in the Philippines: 16th Century
Source: John Forman, "The Philippine Islands" (1906)
(Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society)
16th century - 17th century - 18th century - 19th century - 20th century
1494Treaty of Tordesillas (June 7).
1519Maghellanes' expedition sailed, resulting in discovery of the Philippines.
1521Death of Hernando Maghallanas (April 27).
1522Elcano completed his voyage round the world (Sept. 6).
1542The Villalobos expedition sailed from Mexico (Nov. 1).
1545-1563Council of Trent (Dec., 1545, to Dec., 1563). Decres published in 1564.
1564The Legaspi expedition sailed from Mexico (Nov. 21).
1565Miguel de Legapsi landed in Cebú.
Austin friar's first arrival
The image of "The Holy Child" was found on Cebú shore.
Cebú became the capital of the Philippines.
1571Manila became the capital of the Philippines.
1572Death of Miguel de Legapsi (Aug. 20)
1574Li-ma-hong, the Chinese corsair, attacked Manila (Nov.)
1576Death of Juna Salcedo Legaspi's grandson (March 11).
1577Franciscan friars' first arrival.
1578Parish church at Manila was raised to the dignity of a cathedral.
1580The Alcayceria (for Chinese) was established in Binondo (Manila).
1581Dominican friar's first arrival.
Domingo Salazár, first Bishop of Manila, took possession.
1587Alonso Sanchez' mission to King Philipp II. Consequent reforms.
1590The walls of Manila City were built about this year.
1593Japanese Emperor demanded the surrender of the Islands.
1596First expedition went to subdue the Mindanao natives.
1598Ignacio de Santibanez, first Archbishop of Manila, took possession.
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