“The United States and the Filipinos are openly at war. The pretense of alliance has been cast aside...” read the February 6, 1899 St. Paul Globe. Off the back of the Spanish-American War that wrestled control from the Spanish, the Philippines engaged in a two and a half year war with the United States in an attempt to take control of their own destiny. After years of bloody battles and unrest, the war finally ended in 1902 with the creation of a Filipino civilian government. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
|February 4, 1899||Emilio Aguinaldo officially declares war on US.|
|February 5, 1899||Battle of Manila, first and largest battle of the war.|
|March 31, 1899||American forces capture Malolos, the then capital.|
|March 23, 1901||Aguinaldo is captured by US forces, led by General Frederick Funston|
|April, 1901||Aguinaldo makes peace with the US.|
|June 16, 1902||US military rule of the Philippines ends.|