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Population Patterns on the Island of Cebu, the Philippines: 1500 to 1900

Canute Vandermeer
Annals of the Association of American Geographers
Vol. 57, No. 2 (Jun., 1967), pp. 315-337
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Population Patterns on the Island of Cebu, the Philippines: 1500 to 1900
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Abstract

Cebu has long been one of the most heavily populated Philippine islands. Prior to 1900 the population growth rate on Cebu was higher than that of the whole Philippines because of a relative absence of malaria and the presence of a good harbor at Cebu City. The island experienced its most rapid population growth as an agricultural area during the nineteenth century. Since Cebu has become relatively so heavily populated, the major factors which affected population patterns there during several periods prior to 1900 were probably somewhat different from those effective on other islands during the same periods. Between 1500 and 1800, the dominant factor affecting population growth and distribution patterns was accessibility to the major trade and administrative center on the island. Thereafter, as population pressures on the land became rather great, land quality became the most significant factor. Other factors were probably minor in importance by comparison.

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