French Consular Dispatches

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French Consular Dispatches on the Philippine Revolution is translated by Ma. Luisa T. Cagamay, chairman, Department of History. This details the nationwide impact of the Philippine Revolution of 1896 and the participation of tens of thousands of Filipinos in the struggle against Spanish colonialism. It was published by University of the Philippines Press in cooperation with the Office of the Chancellor University of the Philippines in 1997.

About the Book

This volume contains a translation of selected dispatches of the French consuls assigned to the Philippines during the Philippine Revolution. The consular dispatches span the period 1896-1901.

The French consular dispatches provide us a first hand account of the dynamics prevailing then among the Filipinos (who were referred to as insurgents in the dispatches), the Spaniards (who were preparing to leave a colony they held for more than 300 years) and the Americans (who were preparing to administer a colony). Historians stand to gain from the insights and observations made in the dispatches of consuls, like Consul Berard, who took their task seriously.

The accounts of the French consuls oftentimes reveal information not often mentioned in stranded sources of the Philippine Revoulution. They reveal the obsession of the Filipinos for independence no matter how elusive it was at that moment.


French Consular Dispatches on the Philippine Revolution. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1997.



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