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Why did the US want the Philippine Islands?

Why did the US want the Philippine Islands?

Americans who advocated annexation evinced a variety of motivations: desire for commercial opportunities in Asia, concern that the Filipinos were incapable of self-rule, and fear that if the United States did not take control of the islands, another power (such as Germany or Japan) might do so.

What would happen if the Philippines won the Philippine American War?

If the Filipinos won over the Americans during the Philippine-American War, we will still be speaking Spanish in the government, trade & business, and education. All business and street signs will be in Spanish. Philippines will definitely be the only Latin nation in Asia.

How did the US influence the Philippine American War?

After the signing of the Treaty of Paris, on December 10, 1898, which ended the war against Spain, the United States opted to give Cuba its independence but keep the Philippines, to the dismay of the Philippine nationalists. The United States’ drive to extend influence across the Pacific instigated a Philippine American War.

When did the US give the Philippines to the Philippines?

The Philippine Declaration of Independence was not recognized by either the United States or Spain, and the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, which was signed on December 10, 1898, in consideration for an indemnity for Spanish expenses and assets lost.

Who was in charge of the Philippines during the Spanish American War?

Still, the Spanish were quickly subdued, and Merritt placed the city under martial law, with MacArthur in charge of maintaining the peace as provost marshal. In Paris on December 10, 1898, the United States paid Spain $20 million to annex the entire Philippine archipelago. The outraged Filipinos, led by Aguinaldo, prepared for war.

Why did the Philippines refuse to become a colony of the US?

In defiance of the Treaty of Paris, Filipino nationalist troops continued to control all of the Philippines except the capital city of Manila. Having just fought their bloody revolution against Spain, they had no intention of allowing the Philippines to become a colony of what they considered to be another imperialistic power—the United States.