Sunday, March 30, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Spanish Governor Dasmarinas Bans Chinese Silk

MARCH 30, 1591
Twenty-six years after Miguel Lopez de Legazpi successfully established the first settlements in Cebu, Spanish Governor Perez Dasmarinas issued an ordinance in Manila that banned all Indios from wearing silk and other fabrics from China. This ordinance was aimed to protect the draining of the Treasury’s gold and silver. It was also a move to avoid the elimination of the Peninsular silk in Spain which is more expensive than the imported Chinese silk and cotton.

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