THIS free full view online book offers a wealth of data about the Philippines as of 1918. Covers geography, histology, and climatology. May konting estadistika rin sa populasyon. Covers some 46 provinces and 2 cities (Manila and Baguio).
The American colonial era census book (first part) lists Luzon, Mindanao, Samar, Negros, Palawan, Panay, Mindoro, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Masbate, Sulu grouop, and Romblon group as the principal islands, with the "unnamed islangs [being] small unimportant mangrove or rocky islets." It also lists the many ports of our archipelago. There are 61 maps covering the political, relief, and forest divisions of the Philippine/Taga-Ilog Islands, provinces, province in halves, subprovinces, and cities.
Tandaan ang konteksto ng Panahon ng Amerikano. Mahalaga para sa Kalbong Agila ang LIKAS ng YAMAN ng ating bayan. Kaya nga tayo ninakawan ng kalayaan ng imperyalistang Estados Unidos eh.
Ang pakay ng Amerika ay imperyalismo para sa kapitalismo. Ating likas na yaman lupa/tubig/mineral, atbp. at merkado ng yari nang mga produkto.
"No land in America surpasses in fertility the plains and valleys of Luzon. Rice and coffee, sugar and coconuts, hemp and tobacco, and many products of the temperate as well as the tropic zone grow in various sections of the archipelago....The wood of the Philippines can supply the furniture of the world for a century to come. At Cebu the best informed man in the island told me that 40 miles of Cebu's mountain chain are practically mountains of coal..."
- Sen. Alfred J. Beveridge
Anyway, just try to read between the lines when the book describes our people from the slant of the racist imperialists (yes, co-authored by Filipinos na Federalista! lol).
But enjoy looking at the history of your or your parents' provinces. Cheers!
From Google Books:
Title Census of the Philippine Islands taken under the direction of the Philippine Legislature in the year 1918, Volume 1
Authors Philippines. Census Office, Ignacio Villamor, Felipe Buencamino
Publisher Bureau of printing, 1920
Original from the University of California
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