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Fort Santiago, Manila

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Erected over the palisade of the last king of pre-Hispanic Manila, Fort Santiago embodied the military might of Spanish colonial rule for over three centuries. It was occupied by British forces for a two-year period in the 18th century and by American colonial authorities after Spain surrendered the Philippines to the U.S.A in 1898. Destroyed during World War II, Fort Santiago was restored into a "Shrine of Freedom" following a 1950 governmental decree. Fort Santiago contains many points of historical interest.