Thursday, April 7, 2011


Bald Eagle imperialism
Photo art: JB
1900 - One year and two months into the bloody and protracted Philippine-American War (1899-1914), imperialist United States President William McKinley instructs the colonial body "Philippine Commission"  (read: Bald Eagle  commission to help colonize the Philippines) to reiterate US intention to establish and organize government – essentially popular in form – in the municipal and provincial administrative divisions of the Philippine Islands; the instructions given to the Philippine Commission that essentially aspires to impose American imperialistic rule through the establishment of a colonial administration teaching local-level governance patterned after that of Washington, comes as a long battle breaks out between Filipino and American forces in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental on the very same day; the North American nation had decided to invade and annex the Philippines for the projected market of processed goods and its rich natural resources that pro-imperialism Sen. Alfred J. Beveridge describes as so rich that:
No land in America surpasses in fertility the plains and valleys of Luzon. Rice and coffee, sugar and coconuts, hemp and tobacco, and many products of the temperate as well as the tropic zone grow in various sections of the archipelago....The wood of the Philippines can supply the furniture of the world for a century to come. At Cebu the best informed man in the island told me that 40 miles of Cebu's mountain chain are practically mountains of coal...

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