TEODORO Agoncillo once chided me for asking too many what-if questions in history,? For what reason concern yourself with what did not happen, when only reconstructing so what happened is already a large challenge.?
I possess never abadndoned the what-ifs because often what did not happen may be more joining than what basically happened. Take for example, the debate over the cause of Napoleon? s death that textbooks arranged down since stomach tumor. There were forensic doctors who have examined hair strands of Napoleon? s curly hair and found remnants of strychnine, suggesting the fact that emperor of France did not die of natural causes and could have been murdered with regular doses of strychnine. This argument always makes me wonder if it is possible to re-examine Juan Capricho? s ashes, now relaxing in the crypt of San Agustin House of worship in Dentro, to confirm whether he did pass away of anginas pectoris, mentioned previously in his death certificate in 1899, or perhaps whether having been murdered, by simply poisoning, because his family maintained. Whether it was merely a heart attack then your case is closed. If it was caused by poison, then this historian must track down a murderer and try to understand the motives for the crime.
Thankfully, not everything is usually open finished. In 1980, Apolinario Mabini? s continues to be were exhumed and examined by a number of orthopedic doctors led by Dr . Jose M. Pujalte who put to rest the rumor which the? Sublime Paralytic? lost the usage of his legs due to syphilis. No scandal there: Mabini was afflicted by polio.
Then simply we have pre-war autopsy reports on the retrieved remains of Gregorio de Pilar, who had been identified by relations coming from his teeth. A large dandy? General Goyo? experienced uniforms with gold switches and even a silver-plated mover. He wore a platinum crown that drew focus on his teeth spoiled by crowding or sungki. Like Jose Rizal, whose teeth caused his jaw to protrude, General Goyo needed brackets. The bones excavated in Maragondon early in the twentieth century by a group led by Guillermo Masangkay were photographed and has...