How did Filipinos respond to American colonization just after they had gained independence from Spain?
After the Spanish-American War ended, the United States gained control of some of Spain’s colonies. Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines were some colonies that the United States received from Spain. The people of the Philippines were very pleased to see that Spain lost the Spanish-American War. They hoped they would be given their independence after the Spanish-American War ended.
When the Spanish-American War ended, the Philippines did not become independent. Instead, the Philippines became a colony of the United States. The Filipino people were not happy, and they rebelled against American rule. Emilio Aguinaldo led the Filipino people in the rebellion against the United States. The Filipinos used guerrilla warfare tactics against the United States. The Americans responded by putting people into “reconcentration camps” and treating civilians and soldiers alike. There were many casualties on both sides, but the Filipino casualty numbers were higher. At least 4,200 American soldiers died compared to at least 16,000 Filipino soldiers being killed. The Americans eventually captured Aguinaldo, and most of the fighting in the conflict ended about a year later. The United States eventually granted independence to the Philippines after World War II ended. The Philippines gained its independence on July 4, 1946.
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