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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ...with Spain, as decisive as Salamis or Trafalgar, demonstrated that the United States had become a sea power in fact. The skill of our officers, the marksmanship of our gunners, the bravery and fighting efficiency of our crews, the superb and faultless mechanism of our steel leviathans, assured us and convinced other nations that the pastoral, farming, mechanical, mining giant of the western world had become something more than he seemed, and that he at last walked the rounds of national defense and honor clad in complete steel. "I think it can be safely said that they who once threatened intervention between the United States and Spain abandoned that desire quickly after the momentous events of Manila and Santiago, and will never again entertain the design of a similar intrusion under any circumstances that we can now imagine. I believe these victories have done more to assure the peace of the world than all the alliances and international concerts which have been effected during the last fifty years. "The treaty of Paris extirpated Spain from her Asiatic and American insular possessions, and gave Porto Rico and the Philippine archipelago to the United States. "The United States will command the greatest part of the commerce with the Chinese Orient. We can produce every article that can be sold in this new and limitless market. To conduct that commerce we need to cross only one ocean; Europe must traverse the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and the Pacific. Ancillary to this vantage of position on the American continent we possess the Philippines, undoubtedly the richest of all the islands of the seas, flanking the coast of China for 1,200 miles. Hawaii and the insular extension of Alaska which impends over middle Asia, thus dominat...
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