During the Spanish colonization, what was the motive for the Spaniards to leave Cebu and transfer to Manila?

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There are a number of reasons why the Spanish left Cebu and went north to Manila.  Among them are:

  • Trouble in Cebu.  Legazpi and the other Spaniards faced problems with the Filipinos in Cebu.  There had been cultural misunderstandings and other conflicts and the relationship was breaking down.
  • Threat of the Portuguese.  The Portuguese claimed the region and would attack the Spaniards.  These attacks made the Spanish feel insecure in Cebu.
  • What they had heard about Manila.  They heard that Manila was a rich place with a good harbor that could be easily defended.  These atttributes made it seem appealing to them.

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