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Destiny's LandfallA History of Guam, Revised Edition$
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Robert F. Rogers

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824833343

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824833343.001.0001

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The Anglo-Saxon Way 1898–1903

The Anglo-Saxon Way 1898–1903

(p.102) Chapter 7 The Anglo-Saxon Way 1898–1903
Destiny's Landfall

Robert F. Rogers

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the aftermath of the Spanish–American War and its implications for Guam. The American clash with Spain grew largely out of the expansionist ambitions of highly aggressive and mostly Republican party leaders in the United States. Men such as Theodore Roosevelt, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge, and the influential naval strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan wanted to make the United States a world naval power. Yet the war was an epochal turning point in the history of the Mariana Islands. Until World War II, the island would be administered as if it were a warship, the “USS Guam,” with the governor as captain, American military personnel as crew, and the Chamorros as mess attendants.

Keywords:   Spanish–American War, United States, naval power, naval administration, Manifest Destiny, American invasion

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