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Filipino Immigration to America Timeline

The Filipino History Timeline of Immigration to America provides a fast overview of the immigrants from the Philippines who helped to build America. The foundation of the United States of America was built upon the religions, ideals, skills and culture that the first immigrants from the Philippines brought with them. The Philippines, situated in the western Pacific Ocean, were colonized by the Spanish in 1542, forming part of the Spanish East Indies. The Philippines came under the control of the United States of America in 1898 following the Spanish-American War (1898 – 1898).

The word 'Tagalog' refers to both ethnic race in the Philippine Islands and their language. The History Timeline of Filipino Immigration to America is therefore extremely important and reflect important dates and events that prompted the emigration of people from the Philippines. The History Timeline of Filipino Immigration to America includes important dates and events in the history of the Philippines that contributed to the push and pull factors which led to mass immigration from the Philippines.

Filipino Immigration to America Timeline
Famous historical events include the Spanish rule, the takeover of the Philippines by the US and the Angel Island Immigration center.

The Filipino Immigration to America Timeline highlights the Push and Pull factors of immigration such as political and religious persecution, wars that occured in the Philippines together with dates of any natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides,  crop failures and famine. 

Filipino Immigration to America Timeline
Between 1820 - 2000 Filipino Immigration to America totalled 2 million. According to the US Bureau of the Census of 2011 a total of 2,549,545 Americans claimed to be solely or partially of Filipino descent. Filipino-Americans made a significant impact on the culture of Americans and the history of the United States as can be seen in the following timeline detailing these immigrants to America. 



Spain colonized the Philippines and the 3000 islands became part of the Spanish East Indies from 1565 -



The Luzon earthquake was a devastating earthquake to hit the Phili ppines killing an estimated 1000 people.



Spanish trading ships called the 'Manila Galleons' set up a trade route from Manila to the US port of Acapulco. Filipinos, called the "Manila Men", made their first permanent settlement in the bayous of Louisiana.



An expedition, led by Filipino born Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, was sent by the Spanish government from Mexico to establish the settlement of Los Angeles in Alta California.



The Mount Mayon volcano erupted in the Philippines killing 1335 people causing devastation, destruction and poverty.



Revolution in the Philippines. The Philippine Revolution (also called the Tagalog War) led by Emilio Aguinaldo as Filipinos fought for independence from Spain.



The three and a half month Spanish-American War between Spain and the United States was fought April 25, 1898 – August 12, 1898.



Filipino victory led to the establishment of the First Philippine (Biak-na-Bato) Republic.



The 1899 Treaty of Paris by which Spain sells the Philippines to the United States for $20 million dollars.



The 3 year Philippine-American War (1899 -1902) between the United States and Filipino revolutionaries ended with the occupation of the Philippines under U.S. sovereignty and the dissolution of the Philippine Republic.



William Howard Taft was appointed the first U.S. governor of the Philippine Islands.



The 1902 Philippine Bill passed restricting activities of Filipinos.



The second wave of Filipino Immigration to the United States occured from 1906 to 1934 with many Filipinos emigrating to California and Hawaii.



The Angel Island Immigration Station was opened in California to regulate immigration from the east.



The Mount Taal volcano erupted in the Philippines with a death toll of 1335 people causing destruction and homelessness.



A 7.5 earthquake struck Northeastern Mindanao on July 11, 1912 resulting in widespread landslides and serious damage.



The US Jones Law was passed promising independence to the Philippines once a stable government established.



The third wave of Filipino Immigration to America commenced but was halted by the outbreak of WW2.



Outbreak of World War 2 (1939 - 1945).



Japan invaded the Philippines defeating General Douglas MacArthur and occupied the Philippine islands.



General Douglas MacArthur re-invades the Philippines and Manila was liberated from occupation by the Japanese.



The Tydings-McDuffie Act provides for independence of the Philippines in 1946.



The Fourth Wave of Immigration and the Hart-Cellar Act lifted restriction on immigration.



The 1976 Moro Gulf earthquake and tsunami killled nearly 8000 people with 90% of deaths as a result of the following tsunami. An estimated 90,000 people were made homeless by the devastation.



The Mount Pinatubo volcano erupted in the Philippines with a death toll of 700 people causing destruction of property.



Typhoon Ketsana, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ondoy, was a devastating tropical cyclone resulting in 747 deaths and damage of $1.09 billion.



The Bohol earthquake killed 222 people and nearly 1000 were injured. More than 73,000 structures were damaged, of which more than 14,500 were totally destroyed. Just 3 weeks after the earthquake, Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the region causingeven more devastation.

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