Annexation of U.S. Virgin Islands

31/03/1917View on timeline

"Not only did Wilson do nothing to liberate Puerto Rico, he took the war as an occasion to expand the U.S. Empire. In 1917 his government purchased the Danish West Indies, a small cluster of Caribbean islands next to Puerto Rico that offered a population of some twenty-six thousand and, more important, promising naval bases. This colony, the U.S. Virgin Islands, became the first populated territory annexed since 1900."

Daniel Immerwahr. How to Hide an Empire (Locais do Kindle 1935-1938). Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Edi...

The US Virgin Islands now. Photograph by Reinhard Link.
The US Virgin Islands now. Photograph by Reinhard Link.

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