Emilio Aguinaldo

4383 WordsMay 23, 201218 Pages
Emilio Aguinaldo As I asked my family and relatives, “Who is Emilio Aguinaldo?” one answer was consistent and it declared him a “Filipino hero.” Emilio Aguinaldo is best known as the Filipino leader who fought against Spain and later the United States for the independence of the Philippines. Emilio Aguinaldo was born on March 23, 1869 near Cavite, Luzon, Philippines and died February 6, 1964 in Manila. He was born of Chinese and Tagalog descent. He became mayor of Cavite Viejo and also became leader of the Katipunan. The Katipunan was a Philippine revolutionary society aiming to gain independence from Spain. In December 1897, he was exiled under the Pact of Biacna-Bato. From this agreement with Spain, the Philippines was promised a…show more content…
The world is watching on him, depicted by a man with a globe head. McKinley must make the decision to give the Philippines back to Spain down the cliff or keep it. According to the cartoon, there is no option for independence for the Philippines. The Philadelphia Press prints a cartoon with the caption “Ten thousand miles from tip to tip.” The American eagle is shown hovering overhead. Starting on the left hand side with the Philippines and reaching all the way to the right to Puerto Rico. The cartoon is showing Americas dominance over so many lands and its superiority. This last cartoon shows the incident with General Jacob Smith in where he ordered every Filipino over the age of 10 to be killed. General Jacob Smith was court-martialed and found guilty. However, in the cartoon the caption reads “Criminals because they were born ten years before we took the Philippines.” This quote puts the Filipinos at fault for General Smith’s wrong doings. These aren’t even 5% of all the political cartoons released used to degrade the Philippines. The US was very persistent in making sure that all Americans took their side and understood their point of view. Giving the Filipinos no chance to be understood or accepted. Because of all the political cartoon, once the Filipino migration was in full swing, the
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