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Philippine-American War: Topics in Chronicling America

After the Treaty of Paris, the Phillippine-American War occurred from February 1899 to July 1902. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Philippine-American War” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Sketch of Emilio Aguinaldo (Left). Sketch of General Frederick Funston (Right). Sketch of the "Vicksburg" (Bottom). March 29, 1901. New York Tribune (New York, NY), Image 1. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

“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.