Political map of North America & the Caribbean on 16 Dec 1907 (American Empire: Great White Fleet), showing the following events: US protectorate over Dominican Republic; Battle of Tsushima; Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan; District of Keewatin added to NW Territories; US occupation of Cuba; Dominion of Newfoundland; Oklahoma made US state; Great White Fleet.

Great White Fleet

American Empire

North America 1907.1216

Great White Fleet

The Spanish-American War, the Banana Wars, the Mexican Revolution, World War I and the Great Depression (16 December 1907)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

In 1902-03, Britain, Germany and Italy had blockaded Venezuela when it refused to repay its foreign debts. In response, US President Theodore Roosevelt announced that from now on the US would intervene in European disputes in the Americas, effectively acting as the region's policeman. To emphasize US ability to project its power, Roosevelt sent the 16 battleship 'Great White Fleet' around the globe in 1907.

Main Events

US protectorate over Dominican Republic

United States assumes administration of Dominican Republic's customs to ensure it meets its financial obligations.

Battle of Tsushima

The Russian Baltic Fleet under Admiral Zinovy Rozhestvensky, having traveled 18,000 nautical miles to reach the Far East, approached the Straits of Tsushima in an attempt to pass into the port of Vladivostok. Here they were spotted by the Japanese Combined Fleet of Admiral Tōgō Heihachirō, which engaged them in battle, sinking 7 of the 11 Russian battleships for no major losses. The remnants of the Russian fleet were mostly destroyed or captured the following day, with only three warships making it through to Vladivostok.

Provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan

The North-West Territorial districts of Alberta and Saskatchewan became the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan. At the same time, the District of Keewatin was restored to the North-West Territories.

District of Keewatin added to NW Territories

Canadian District of Keewatin becomes one of four districts in the Northwest Territories

US occupation of Cuba

United States occupies Cuba to prevent civil war and protect US interests

Dominion of Newfoundland

The British self-governing colony of Newfoundland was granted dominion status, becoming the Dominion of Newfoundland. This was in accordance with the decision of the 1907 Imperial Conference to confer dominion status on all self-governing colonies.

Oklahoma made US state

Oklahoma and Indian Territories combined to become the US state of Oklahoma.

Great White Fleet

United States' Great White Fleet leaves Hampton Roads (Virginia) and circumnavigates the world, demonstrating US naval power

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