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Martin de Goiti

Death 1575
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Memorial ID 14119268 · View Source
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Spanish Conquistador. The founder of Manila, Philippines, he served with Felipe de Salcedo, Miguel Lopez de Lagazpi, and Juan de Salcedo, for the Conquest of the Philippines in 1565. In 1569, he was ordered by Legazpi to begin an expedition. On May 8, 1570, de Goiti, and 300 men arrived in the kingdom of the Muslim ruler Rajah Suliman, and after several battles, he and his men captured or killed several Lakandula, Matanda, and Suliman forces, many of whom refused to be ruled by the Spaniards. The men conquered the district of Tondo, and moved towards the Pasig River, before capturing the city of Manila. Following the main battle, guerrilla war broke out, and for the next ten months the soldiers were confined to there fotress of Fuerza de Santiago, or to there ships in Manila Bay. By June 24, 1571, the Spaniards had taken full control, and then signed a peace treaty after the arrival of Legazpi. During 1571 and 1573, de Goiti was instrumental in making Manila a permanent settlemant and the country's capital, as well as exploring the regions of Pampagna, Pangasinan, and founding the cities in the Luzon region. In 1575, he fought against over 3,000 Chinese Pirates and warriors and there leader, Lim ah hong, who had besieged them for many months. During the battle de Goiti was killed by Lim ah hong. In revenge, the remaining warriors including de Salcedo followed the Chinese warriors and there leader to the Pangasinan River, where they were burned alive, along with there ships. De Goiti was buried in the San Augustin Church.

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