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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (May 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410710696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410710697
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,038,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shirley Fish is an American Freelance Writer and Researcher working in Asia for the past 23 years. She has lived in Korea, Hong Kong, Indonesia and is currently in Manila, Philippines. Over the years she has been a magazine editor and correspondent with various Asian publications. She has a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Southern California.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 28, 2003
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Philippine British Society Newsletter, Manila, Philippines, September 2003 "Shirley Fish, American resident in the Philippines since 1995 (and married to a British executive), has written a book titled: When Britain Ruled the Philippines 1762-1764. The subtitle is: The Story of the 18th Century British Invasion of the Philippines During the Seven Year's War. The book is now available at ... in the USA.The British Invasion of the Philippines was the first challenge to Spain's control of the archipelago after 191 years of rule. The Royal Navy and the British Army joined with the East India Company in Madras to capture Spain's Asian colony. In conjunction with the attack against Spain's key possession in the Americas, Havana, both settlements were successfully seized. However, in the Philippines, whilst the expedition was launched as part of a plan to harass the Spaniards in their possessions, as well as for commercial gain and new territories, the military campaign led by General William Draper and Admiral Samuel Cornish may have been launched under the guise of an invasion in order to gain prize money. The author describes the events as they unfolded in the Admiralty in London and at the East India Company in Madras, leading to the invasion and occupation of the capital, Manila, and the port city of Cavite. The capital was looted, a galleon was seized, and the British commanders imposed a ransom of four million dollars upon the Spaniards. The enormous sum in prize money and valuable seized mainly benefited the commanders. Author's Note: When I arrived in Manila in 1995, I became interested in the fascinating history of the Philippines.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stage 3 on February 26, 2011
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The British occupation of the Philippines, or more specifically Manila, was part of the Seven Years War that was fought globally. The British saw the opportunity during the war to seize what they believed would be a rich city and possibly one of the famously wealthy Manila galleons. The campaign to capture Manila was agreed upon between the East India Company and the British Government. At the time of the operation the Spanish Empire was on the decline and the British were powerful in Asia and rising. The Spanish had never really been able to penetrate and conquer the Philippines beyond Manila and the British would face a similar limitation. Despite the British military victory the Spaniards 'won the peace.' The diplomats that drafted the peace treaty that concluded the Seven Years War were not informed of the British victory in the Philippines and so did not specifically mention the islands in the treaty so the Spainards regained what they had lost.

Shirley Fish has written an admirable book on this period in Philippines history. Indeed, she has probably tried to write too much and because of that the book starts strongly with the immediate background and preparations to the venture but then meanders through a historical background that goes back to the early days of the Spanish colonisation of the Philippines. As an example, there is a section that comprehensively details the Spanish defences throughout the Philippines that while informative it does not seem to add much to the narrative because the British were limited to Manila in their conquest and so never sought to fully test those defenses.

The section on the actual invasion was good. With the Philippines being without a governor at the time of attack the Bishop became the de facto war leader for the defences.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Strand on February 13, 2007
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For those of us living in the Philippines, this little-known part of local history always seems to be passed over too quickly. The English presence is most often referred to only on old historical plaques listing "English desecrations" of local churches during the 1762 conquest of Manila. Fish's work could have addressed this period in greater detail, but falls short. A large introductory section provides too much historical background on the Philippines and leads to a disappointingly brief handing of the major topic. This work fills a gap, but begs for a more detailed handling of the subject in the future.
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