Today in Philippine History, February 17, 1897, the Battle of Zapote Bridge took place

Zapote River bridge   
The Zapote river bridge at the Cavite side. Picture taken in 1899.   
On February 17, 1897, the Battle of Zapote Bridge between the Spanish forces and the Filipino revolutionaries led by General Emilio Aguinaldo took place.

In that battle, Aguinaldo defeated the Spanish troops under Governor-General Camilo de Polavieja by laying a trap for the advancing Spanish forces at the bridge which connected the provinces of Rizal and Cavite.

The Spanish fell into the trap and were shot by Filipino rebels on the opposite bank of the Zapote river. However, General Edilberto Evangelista, a brilliant Filipino engineer and member of the Katipunan, was killed in the battle.

Meanwhile, following the victory at Zapote Bridge, General Aguinaldo started to liberate Cavite towns little by little from the Spanish domination.

Reference: Philippine News Agency

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