Friday, May 2, 2014

Today in Philippine History: Dewey Cuts Telegraph Cable

MAY 2, 1898
After his victory in the Battle of Manila Bay, Commodore George Dewey told the Spanish Governor-General Basilio de Agustin y Davila that he wanted to use the underwater Manila-Hong Kong telegraph cable operated by the British-owned Eastern Extension Australasia China Telegraph Company and Manila’s only link to the outside world since it was considered neutral. After the Governor-General refused, Dewey dredged up and cut the cable. Agustin would later inform Dewey through British Consul Edward H. Rawson-Walker of his willingness to surrender.

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