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October 25, 2012

British Occupation of Manila and Cavite 1762 - 1764 Exhibit

To mark the 250th anniversary of the British Occupation of Manila and Cavite, the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS) and the Embassy of the United Kingdom have partnered to present an exhibit that sheds more light on and draw lessons from this little known event in Philippine history.

Entitled British Occupation of Manila and Cavite 1762 - 1764, the exhibit features not only British, but Filipino, German, and Spanish maps, prints, and rare books of the Philippines dating back to the 18th century. The exhibit is curated by Jonathan Best and Maribel Ongpin.

The British invasion and two-year occupation of the capital of the Philippines from 1762 to 1764 had profound effects on our history. It brought new political ideas to the Philippines, and helped open the country to foreign commerce. After the British left in 1764, the defensive perimeter of Intramuros had to be completely redesigned. Through British, Filipino, German, and Spanish maps, prints, and rare books of Manila and the Philippines, the exhibit explores the circumstances and events behind this brief, yet significant episode in Philippine history.

Essays from the members of PHIMCOS provide valuable insight into the British Occupation of 1762: the Seven Years War between the great powers of Europe, early British interests in the Philippines, and the occupation and its aftermath. The exhibit also looks into the various key players during this era, from the officers of the British Navy and the Governor-Generals of the Philippines to the Indian sepoys and Filipino soldiers who were part of the invasion.

Contact Details:
For details and group visits, please call (63 2) 889-1234 or email:
Water Dragon Gallery
RCBC Plaza

2nd Level, RCBC Plaza - Tower 1, RCBC Plaza
6819 Ayala Ave. corner Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Salcedo Village
Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines

Thursday October 18, 2012 - Saturday December 1, 2012

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