Spanish Flag

Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Sources
Date Posted: 12/17/2010

Physical Description
Large yellow stripe with anchor and coat of arms. Red stripes on either side of yellow.

Specific History
Spanish admiral’s flag captured by United States gunboat Petrel from the cruiser Isla de Luzon during the Battle of Manila Bay.

General History
The Battle of Manila Bay was one of two major American naval victories in the Spanish-American War. On May 1, 1898, only days after war had been declared between Spain and the United States, the Asiatic Squadron of the United States Navy under Commodore George Dewey engaged the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay, Philippines. It was a complete and final victory, ending any threat from the Spanish naval forces involved. All major Spanish ships were destroyed or captured, without any significant damage to American forces.

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