William McKinley: “Benevolent Assimilation” Proclamation

(1898)

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EXECUTIVE MANSION,

Washington, December 21, 1898.

To the Secretary of War.

Sir: The destruction of the Spanish fleet in the harbor of Manila by the United States naval squadron commanded by Rear-Admiral Dewey, followed by the reduction of the city and the surrender of the Spanish forces, practically effected the conquest of the Philippine Islands and the suspension of the Spanish sovereignty therein. With the signature of the treaty of peace between the United States and Spain by their respective plenipotentiaries at Paris on the 10th instant, and as a result of the...

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