However Maguindanao traders were to pay a 5 duty free on all merchandise they

However maguindanao traders were to pay a 5 duty free

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- However, Maguindanao traders were to pay a 5% duty free on all merchandise they bring to Zamboanga. Catholics converted from Islam would be permitted to enter Maguindanao for trade purposes without having to re-embrace Islam. - Jesuits would be allowed to build a church in Simuay for Christians. - Christian slaves who could ransom themselves in accordance with specified rates were to be automatically released. - Datu Manakior was to be considered a friend of the Spaniards. The Sultan, Atienza, Lopez, and some other Spanish officials signed the treaty. The treaty is silent about the Rajah of Buayan.
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Qudarat continued to consolidate his power and position in Mindanao. His possible antagonist for the time was Datu Maputi who remained the master of Buayan. Jolo - Captain Gines Ros de Aviles was left behind as Governor of Jolo and had a military force with instructions to capture the Sulu Sultan in the island (Jolo) and to gather tribute from the Sulus. - Around the Jolo fort, everything seemed to be going smoothly, causing the governor to be optimistic and complacent. Things were too good to be true. - The situation was actually bad for the Spanish garrison and the Sulu natives. - Famine stalked the land and epidemics took lives. Diseases and death visited the garrison. - Many Sulus left the island due to the disruption of normal trade activities. Rajahs and Datus devised plans on meeting the Spanish challenge and to retake the land (and possibly occupy the fort). - Under the pretext of registering for the tribute, a few hundred Sulus under a certain Kahapitan, tried to enter the fort, possibly with plans to occupy the fort from within. - Their plan did not succeed since they could not be received by the governor at the time that they had set. - The frustrated Kahapitan then snatched captives from the Spaniards, killing two Spanish guards in the process. - In spite of the friendly policy of the governor, the Sulus refuse to pay the tribute and to accept Spanish domination. - Almonte arrived in Jolo, 7/7/1639 to create a new policy against the Sulus. Submit or die. He demonstrated this by burning settlements in coastal areas and making slaves out of 50 captured Sulus and making them work at the oars. Attacks of the Spaniards - The plan to capture the Sulu Rajah came next. Their plan failed due to the accidental firing of an arquebus. The Rajah, along with some faithful followers, were able to slip across enemy lines and ride a boat to Tawi-Tawi. - In anger and frustration over their failure to capture the Rajah, the Spaniards killed many Sulu (including those who had already surrendered). - The escape of the rajah explains why there are many royal datus in tawi-tawi - Major Luis de Guzman, instructed by Almonte, burned settlements and took captives - Admiral Pedro de la Mata went to different islands in Sulu Archipelago to pillage and capture Sulus (and some Samals) to be taken as slaves.
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