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Spanish Flag
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Spanish Flag

Catalog #: 58761-N    Accession #: 239310
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 31" H x 36.5" W

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 1 May 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 occurring to the American Forces.


Countries: Spain, United States
War: Spanish American War
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