Saturday, December 28, 2013
At the turn of the last century, the U.S. Congress appropriated funds to build a modern fleet of steel war ships capable of the "highest practicable speed and the greatest radius of action". With their hulls painted white--the Navy's color scheme during peacetime-- the armada gained the nickname, the "Great White Fleet" as it circumnavigated the globe. The ostentatious voyage was intended to demonstrate global power through naval dominance. Justifiable considering the Japanese, just a few years prior, had annihilated two thirds of Romanov's fleet in the Tsushima Strait. Brawny Roosevelt didn't hesitate to send a very clear message to Japan that the US would, and now damn well could, protect it's newly gained acquisitions in the Pacific, including the Philippines and Guam. Besides, he figured it would take the American public's attention off the plunging economy during what would become known as the Great Depression.
Posted by Ruth Newell