Rizal’s Visit to the United States (1888)
“I visited the cities of America, with their grandiose edifices, their electric lights, and their great conceptions. America is, undoubtedly a great country, but has many defects.” Jose Rizal
Arrival in San Francisco
The steamer, Belgic April 1888 28, 2 agencies that certified Belgic is free from cholera epidemic
The America consul of Japan
The British government of Hongkong
The ship was carrying
643 Chinese coolies
700 bolts of silks
After a week Rizal together with other first class passengers were permitted to land. But the Japanese and the Chinese and passengers belonging to the second and thirds class remained aboard.
Rizal in San francisco
On Friday afternoon, May 4, 1888,
Rizal stayed in Palace Hotel in San
Palace Hotel (San Francisco)
Where Rizal Stayed for 2 days
Leland Stanford – the founder and benefactor of the Stanford University was then a senator representing California.
Grover Cleveland was the president when Rizal visited the United States
Across the American Continent
Washington – one of the great men of new York whom visited his memorial. The 1st president of the US.
Oakland – first stop via ferryboat
Via Train May 7, 1888
– Sacramento – where he ate his supper 75cents and slept at his couch.
– Reno, Nevada – where he had his breakfast
– Utah – where he saw Mormons, thickly populated
– Colorado – a lot of snow and pine trees
– Nebraska – Omaha City, as big as San Francisco
– Missouri River – twice as big as Pasig River
– Chicago – a lot of Indians in cigar stores
– Albany – where he saw the Hudson River
New York – which he considers a big city
Where Rizal stayed for three days
He left the United States for Liverpool, London on board the City of Rome, the second largest ship in the world.
Great Eastern – largest ship in the world during his time.
Rizal impression on America (Good)
Material progress of the country as shown in its cities, farms, and industries
The drive and energy of the Americans
The natural beauty of the land
The high standard of living
The opportunities for better life offered to poor immigrants.
Rizal impression on America (Bad)
Non-existence of true civil liberty, as Negro cannot marry an American and vice versa.
The existence of racial prejudice as shown in their hatred of the
Chinese, Japanese and Negroes.
The valuing of money over human life
Lack of racial equality
AMERICA FOR RIZAL
The land par excellence of freedom but only for the whites. Rizal said this to Jose Alejandrino, an engineering student form Belgium