Washington Naval Conference

American Empire

North America 1921.1112

Washington Naval Conference

The Spanish-American War, the Banana Wars, the Mexican Revolution, World War I and the Great Depression (12 November 1921)

Historical Map of North America & the Caribbean

Following the War, the US and Japan began expanding and modernizing their fleets. To avoid an arms race between these countries and Britain, still the world's biggest naval power, the US arranged the Washington Naval Conference, the world's first disarmament conference. The participants agreed to limit their fleet sizes, maintain the status quo in the Pacific, and guarantee China's independence, while Britain also ended its alliance with Japan.

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Washington Naval Conference

Washington Naval Conference attended by the United States, Great Britain, Japan, France, Italy, China, Belgium, Netherlands, and Portugal; parties agree to limit fleet sizes, maintain status quo in Pacific, and guarantee China's independence

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