they were later called the Moros because they shared the same religion as the people of Berber and
Arab descents who once colonized Spain. Islam provided a form of spiritual resistance to Christian
colonization after the Spanish secured control of the northern Philippine islands in the 16th century.
Not so long after that took place, the Moros regarded European imperialism as an assault on the
sanctity of Islam and not without cause—the Spanish had a missionary agenda in addition to
furthering their economic interests. The Spanish would fight the Moros for 300 years in an effort to
exploit natural resources and gain control over the shipping lanes connecting Southeast Asia to the
Encyclopædia Britannica. “Philippines.” 2009.