Hassan Uprising

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Hassan uprising
Part of Philippine-American War
Date October 1903 - March 1904
Location Philippines
 United States Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu.svg Moro people
Late 19th Century Flag of Sulu.svg Sultanate of Sulu
Commanders and leaders
Colonel H. Scott Datu Hassan
approx. 400-500

The Hassan uprising was a rebellion among the Moro people of Jolo during the Philippine-American War.[1] It was led by a Muslim datu named Datu Hassan the youngest son of the Great Raja Muda Ammang. Panglima Hassan had assembled followers in Jolo's Crater Lake region, preparing to attack Jolo.[2]:100 Leonard Wood led a force of 1,250 soldiers, including Robert L. Bullard's 28th Infantry, in an attack on "Hassan's Palace", the "strongest cotta in the Sulu Archipelago".[2]:100-101 The Moro's fled and the Americans burned the fort.[2]:101 Hassan surrendered but then escaped, which led Wood to destroy every hostile cotta he encountered, resulting in the death of Datu Andung on Mount Suliman.[2]:101 Although never capturing Hassan, Wood did end up killing 1,500 Moros, which included women and children.[2]:102

The uprising ended in March 1904, when Hassan and two others were cornered by 400 men under Scott's command at Bud Bagsak.[2]:102 It took 34 gunshots to finally kill Hassan.[2]:103[3]


  1. ^ Between integration and secession. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Arnold, J.R., 2011, The Moro War, New York: Bloomsbury Press, ISBN 9781608190249
  3. ^ Philippine history. Retrieved 2011-11-28.