This Week In History: Wk 51 (21 December 1898)
US Forces Occupy The Philippines
The USA claims the Philippines as a "ceded territory" and takes control using military force.
In 1898, US President William McKinley claimed the Philippines as "ceded" to the USA, and ordered the US army to use force to take over the country. Filipino fighters resisted the Americans, however, and the American War In The Philippines began. More than 120,000 American soldiers fought and at least 4,200 were killed. Over 16,000 Filipino fighters were killed and over 200,000 civilians died during the war, mostly from famine and disease. The struggle continued until the Filipinos were finally defeated in 1902. The US occupation that followed lasted until the Republic of the Philippines was established in 1946.
US forces (noun): military services of the USA; American army, navy, airforce etc
occupy (verb): physically move into and take over an area by military force
ceded territory (noun): a place or land that has been given to another power
struggle (noun): fight to win
famine (noun): a period when there is not enough food for people to eat
Researched and written for EnglishClub by Matt Errey