Spanish Flag

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 May 1, 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 to American forces.
Object Name
date made
ca 1898
Physical Description
linen (overall material)
overall: 31 in x 36 1/2 in; 78.74 cm x 92.71 cm
Place Made
place made
used in
Pilipinas: Manila, Manila Bay
captured by US forces
United States
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Naval History
Spanish-American War
Battle of Manilla Bay, 1898
The Emergence of Modern America
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Naval
The Price of Freedom: Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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