A Century of Expansion

Paperback | May 14, 2012

byWillis Fletcher Johnson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...not even enter into a discussion of any. The American ultimatum had been presented. It was for Spain to accept it or to reject it, and take the consequences; and she must do so without parley or negotiation. The Secretary of State of the United States of America had other work to do, and had neither the time nor the inclination to indulge in endless chafferings over the matter. This was a high and mighty attitude for the young Republic to assume toward one of the oldest and proudest of European monarchies, but it was justified in morals and in the event. General Vives hesitated, remonstrated, threatened, and finally yielded. The granite resolution of Adams wore out the pride of Spain. Nearly two years after the signing of the treaty by Don Luis de Onis a second one was signed by General Vives. It was an exact duplicate of the former one, save that the remorseless and inexorable Adams inserted into it a penalty which Spain must pay for her delay, in the specific annulment of extensive Spanish land grants in Florida. This treaty was promptly ratified by the Spanish king and Cortes. It was also ratified by the United States Senate. Like its predecessor, it was subjected to secret and open attacks by factional and personal enemies, but in the end only four votes were cast against it, and not one of them was inspired or governed by principle. Thus the United States secured the whole of Florida, for a sum not exceeding $5,000,000, which was to be paid not to Spain, but to American citizens in satisfaction of their claims against Spain. Practically, therefore, it was a conquest rather than a purchase of Florida. The United States simply took possession of that territory as compensation for the injuries done to its citizens. That was precisely the course which Jack...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 Excerpt: ...not even enter into a discussion of any. The American ultimatum had been presented. It was for Spain to accept it or to reject i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.15 inPublished:May 14, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217432247

ISBN - 13:9780217432245

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