The Philippine-American war has been one of the greatest armed wars between the US and the Philippines. The war began when the US took control over the Philippines under the Treaty of Paris that had been signed to end the Spanish-American War. The Philippine-American war ultimately resulted in the freedom and sovereignty of the Filipinos. However, the casualties, monetary losses, and other numbers show that it had a huge impact during wartime. The following graphs provide an overview in terms of numbers for the Philippine-American War.
Number of Soldiers that Participated in the War
What’s the Total? Not Clear. America has a gap in total but the Philippines does not.
While the actual number varies because there were many official and unofficial postings of the soldiers, sources say that there were somewhere between 24,000 and 44,000 American Soldiers while the Philippine forces comprised 80,000 and 100,000 soldiers. Despite the Filipinos outnumbering the Americans, the American forces came quite strong on the Filipinos and defeated them several times as well as captured their bases. This is mainly because the Filipinos did not have access to proper weapons and artillery while the American soldiers had all sorts of proper guns as well as training.
Total Area of the Philippines
Wrong numeric. It should be square miles. The Philippines is 120,000 square miles, not square meters.
The Philippines is a huge country and has a total area of 120,000 square miles. It comes as a surprise that only 44,000 American soldiers with a few hundred commanders were able to control such a huge area particularly when they were facing resistance from 100,000 Filipinos. The total area of the Philippines can be divided between land and water. 115,120 square miles comprise the land area while the remaining 4,880 square miles comprise the water area. There are several islands as well which are a part of the Philippines and account for the land area.
Casualties of the Philippine-American War
4 Colors in the graph of the Philippines but only 2 shown in the key.
The Philippine-American War was one of the worst ones for the Philippines as a large population lost their lives. Some sources suggest that biological warfare had also begun as an attack on the Filipinos which accounts for thousands of unregistered casualties. The total force of the US was about 126,000 of which 44,000 were front soldiers. The US only had a loss of about 4234 soldiers and other army personnel. On the other hand, the Philippines lost about 16,000 soldiers while over 30,000 civilians were also killed. During this time, Cholera was also a major problem in the Philippines for which more than 100,000 Filipinos lost their lives.
US Population Before and After the War
The first Filipino-American war took place between 1899 and 1902. The US saw a major rise in the population before and after the war. As of 1890, the US population was at 63 million which increased by 13 million in 1900 when it reached 76 million. Post-1900, there was a major rise as the population increased. In the coming 10 years, the increase was 16 million and 14 million in the subsequent 10 years. By 1920, the US population was at 106 million which was almost a 68% increase when compared with 1890. This 68% increase was seen in just 30 years which is quite a lot.
Philippine Population After the War
On the Philippine side, there was a slight population increase. In 1903, one year after the war, the population of the Philippines was 7.63 million and increased to 7.76 million by 1906. After the war, in 1910, the population of the Philippines was 7,7 million and rose to 9.41 million by 1920. The increase in the population of the Philippines was not as much as it was in the case of the US population.