The Philippine Islands, under the control of the Spanish, were gained by the United States on 1898 after the battle of the Manila Bay. After gaining independence from the Spanish, the Philippines became an American Commonwealth, unrecognizing the independence of the country, proclaiming they are ignorant of controlling a country.
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Map of the Philippines

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The Manila Bay

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