Mock Battle In The Philippines

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According to Woolf (2013), United States’ interest in the Philippines goes back to the late 19th century, the classic age of great power politics. The Philippines’ location was needed by U.S. to protect from incoming invasion and also a base to easily send ships into battle if needed. Furthermore, Woolf (2013) added that the U.S. felt the need to expand since many of the colonial powers from other countries has already expanded and planted flags all over the world. In 1989, the Americans came to the Philippines and ‘liberated’ the Filipinos from the Spaniards by defeating the Spaniards in the Battle of Manila, also known as “mock battle” (Agoncillo, 1990). Unknown to them, the Spaniards and the Americans already agreed on a Treaty of Peace between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Spain that Spain would cede the Philippines over to the U.S. and the Americans would, in return, pay a sum of $20 million to Spain as “payment for improvements made in the colony” (Agoncillo, 1990). The mock battle was important for the Americans so that they would appear as liberators instead of colonizers. Still, the Americans came to the Philippines in force and in a series of rapid maneuvers and seized state power (Francisco & Fast, 1985, p. iii). The Philippines became a colony of the U.S., and tensions between the Filipinos and the Americans were high after the Filipinos realized this (Agoncillo, 1990). The insurgence of the Filipinos lasted a long time until the U.S. started

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