Friday, May 27, 1898

A Last Word on the Fight in Cavite The Spanish fleet did not remain in Subic since it could not secure any ground defense. I think Admiral Montojo ordered the fleet to return to Manila because he felt that there would be fewer losses if it were anchored in Cavite. This it accomplished on the 30th. Only five of the …

Sunday, May 10, 1898

Visit to Cavite At 2:00 in the afternoon, the boat left for the harbor. There were nine of us who took our seats. Each brought his own equipment for the expedition — binoculars, cameras, pencils, note pads, etc. I am determined to scrutinize every detail, and mean to stay close to the American officer who will take us there. After …

Friday, May 6, 1898

Defeat Seen from the Eyes of a Spaniard I did not dare interrupt or contradict the pilot as he recounted the past events. His gestures were more meaningful than his words. “We were vanquished by strength, by underhandedness, by bombs, and no more than that. Our honor is safe! Spain’s honor has reached new heights! The Spaniard proved himself once …

Domingo 1 de Mayo 1898

Hoy nuestra escuadra ha sido incendiada por la escuadra americana (.,.)La componen los barcos ”Boston” y “Baltimore” cruceros protegidos de 1o clase. “Ralleig” y “Olimpia” cruceros protegidos de 2″ clase; cañoneros protegidos “Concord” y “Petrel”, aviso “Mac-Culloch” y transporte “Zafiro” y “Naushau” (…) si el Corazón Divino se dignase conceder la victoria á las armas españolas. Dicha oración es como sigue …

Tuesday, 9 January 1565

At around dawn, the flagship fired a shot, a sign that they had seen land. We saw, a small, low island and it seemed to me it was 1 1/2 league from north to south…. We dropped anchor at 145 brazas deep. The flagship and the almiranta came but they were not able to anchor. At midday, I  measured, the …