"DEATH MARCH" Province of Bataan by austinmax

Province of Bataan Travel Guide: 215 reviews and 905 photos

Bataan was established in 1754 by Governor General PEdro Manuel Arandia out of territories belonging to Pampanga and the corregimiento of Marivels which, at the time, included Maragondon in Cavite across the bay.

The province has had more than its share of significant historical events. In 1647 Dutch Naval Forces attempting to invade the country perpetrated the Abucay massacre in one of its towns. In the late 1700s, the dreaded Chinese pirate Limahong used Lusong point on the western side as the landing place to launch his conquest of Luzon. In the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Bataan joined the other provinces in Luzon which revolted against Spanish rule.

It was during World War II, however, that Bataan attained the notoriety that would find it a place in the annals of world history. Under heavy aircraft and artillery shelling from the invading Japanese forces, the beleaguered Filipino-american tropps valiantly defended this last bastion until the "Fall of Bataan" on April 9, 1942. abouth 80 000 Filipino and American soldiers were assembled afterwards in Mariveles and Bagac for the infamous "Death March" to Camp O´Donnel in Capas, Tarlac. Between 7000 to 10 000 men died en route to the concentration camp.

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