‘Fuerza de Santiago’ or FortSantiago is currently located on which one was the settlement of an ancient ruler in Manila who was called Rajah Suleiman. This Muslim leader did not hand his kingdom over to the conquistadors on a silver platter. In contrast he fought to the very end in an effort to keen the invader at bay. But in 1571 the Spanish army was able to annihilate the native resistance and constructed FortSantiago symbolizing its dominance over the local population.
FortSantiago is located at the foot of the PasigRiver and is regarded as one of the oldest forts in the city. This imposing structure was utilized as a safe heaven by most invading foreign armies who set foot these shores including the British, Japanese, Spanish and the Americans. This historic location has a dark past when it was chosen the location where many people were jailed, mercilessly executed and even tortured by the military police force of Japan during World War II. An end to this horrific time was brought to an end when American forces destroyed the fort in 1945. After the war finally came to an end FortSantiago was recognized as an important heritage site and was restored and was open for public viewing in 1950.
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