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The Philippines is a country in southeast Asia and an archipelago, boasting more than 7, islands. The islands are grouped into three major islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The national languages of the country are Filipino and English. However, there are eight major dialects that spoken in the country. However, the major language being taught in the Philippines is Tagalog. There are three major cultures that impacted the Filipino culture heavily: Chinese, Spanish and American.
The Philippines and the U.S.: An Enduring Connection
PBS - "Ancestors in the Americas"
The history of Filipino Americans begins in the 16th century when Filipinos first arrived in what is now the United States. The first Filipinos came to what is now the United States due to the Philippines being part of New Spain ; until the 19th century the Philippines was connected to the rest of New Spain in the Americas via the Manila galleon. Filipino seamen in the Americas would settle in Louisiana, and Alta California , beginning in the 18th century. By the 19th century, Filipinos were living in the United States, fighting in the Battle of New Orleans and the American Civil War ; by the end of the century the first Filipino became a naturalized citizen of the United States, and the United States went to war with Spain , ultimately annexing the Philippine Islands from Spain. Due to this the History of the Philippines merged with that of the United States, beginning with the Philippine-American War which resulted in the defeat of the First Philippine Republic and the attempted Americanization of the Philippines. Mass migration of Filipinos to the United States began in the early 20th century, due to Filipinos being U. During the Great Depression , Filipino Americans became targets of race based violence, to include race riots such as the one in Watsonville.
America has had a huge influence on the culture of the Philippines. During first years, there were some conflicts between the U. After WWI ended, the U. The United States agreed to give the Philippines 10 years to prepare for their complete independence. On July 4, , the United States declared the Philippines an independant nation.
Growing up, no one taught me what being Filipino-American meant. So, naturally, I studied. I can't remember the exact moment I first realized I was Filipino-American. It was just part of who I was. Within a mile radius were my 17 first cousins and about 70 extended "cousins" who I may or may not have been actually related to.