March 23, 1901
Whereas, a Convention between the United States of America and Spain, providing for the cession to the United States of any and all islands of the Philippine Archipelago lying outside of the lines described in Article II of the Treaty of Peace concluded by them at Paris on December 10, 1898, was concluded and signed by their respective plenipotentiaries at the City of Washington on the seventh day of November, 1900, which Convention, being in the English and Spanish languages, is word for word, as follows:
The United States of America and Her Majesty Queen Regent of Spain, in the name of Her August Son, Don Alfonso XIII, desiring to remove any ground of misunderstanding growing out of the interpretation of Article III of the Treaty of Peace concluded between them at Pairs the 10th day of December, one thousand eighth hundred and ninety eight, whereby Spain cedes to the United States the archipelago known as the Philippine Islands and comprehending the islands lying within certain described lines, and having resolved to conclude a Treaty to accomplish that end, have for that purpose appointed as their respective plenipotentiaries:
The President of the United States, John Hay, Secretary of State of the United States; and
Her Majesty the Queen Regent of Spain, the Duke de Arcos, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of Spain to the United States;
who having met in the city of Washington and having exchanged their full powers, which were found to be in due and proper form, have agreed upon the following sole article:
Spain relinquishes to the United States all title and claim of title, which she may have had at the time of the conclusion of the Treaty of Peace of Paris, to any and all islands belonging to the Philippine Archipelago, lying outside the lines described in Article III of that Treaty and particularly to the islands of Cagayan Sulu and Sibutu and their dependencies, and agrees that all such islands shall be comprehended in the cession of the Archipelago as fully as if they had been expressly included within those lines.
The United States, in consideration of this relinquishment, will pay to Spain the sum of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) within six months after the exchange of the ratifications of the present Treaty.
The present Treaty shall be ratified by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof, and by Her Majesty the Queen Regent of Spain, after approval by the Cortes of the Kingdom, and the ratifications shall be exchanged at Washington as soon as possible.
In faith whereof, we, the respective Plenipotentiaries, have signed this Treaty and have hereunto affixed our seals.
Done in duplicate at the city of Washington, the
7th day of November, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred.
And whereas the said Convention has been duly ratified on both parts, and the ratifications of the two Governments were exchanged in the city of Washington on the twenty-third day of March, one thousand nine hundred and one:
Now, therefore, be it known that I, William McKinley, President of the United States of America, have caused the said Convention to be made public, to the end that the same and every article and clause thereof may be observed and fulfilled with good faith by the United States and the citizens thereof.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington this 23rd day of
March, in the year of Our Lord one thousand nine hundred and one, and of
the Independence of the United States the one hundred and twenty-fifth.
Secretary of State
[Document Source: U.S. Statutes at Large,
56th Congress 1899-1901, Vol 31. U.S. Gov't. Printing Office 1901.]