Admiral Dewey and the Foreign Warships at Manila, 1898

By E.A.M. Laing, published May 1966

Abstract

Commodore Dewey’s defeat of Spanish warships at Manila Bay in 1898 prior to the arrival of the American expeditionary force gave rise to concern among neutral nations for the safety of their nationals and property in the event of a bombardment by the Americans. Dewey accepted the proposal for the evacuation of neutrals in Spanish steamships flying the national flags of the neutrals. There were a number of incidents between the Americans and the Germans but no lives or property of neutrals was lost, Manila capitulated and her Spanish Captain-General sailed for Hong Kong on a German warship.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Pacific
Subjects include: Strategy & Diplomacy

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