Most worthless US territorial acquisition


Ad Honoris
Jul 2013
San Antonio, Tx
Puerto Rico, its not economically important or strategically, while they complain frequently about our rule.
Philippines, we had to fight a tough war to enforce our rule, just to give it independence 50 years later.
Mostly, Puerto Rico. Is not as “Rico” as it used to be. Still, it’s a very nice island with lots of beauty and also a fair amount of poverty. The locals really don’t want to be released from US governance because it gives them rather a great deal. It’s just the current occupant who was probably surprised that a) we owned the island ((along with the Virgin Islands next door) and b) probably unhappy that we were governing a people whose native language is Spanish and not English. We occasionally need to teach our presidents “who owns what”.


Ad Honoris
May 2014
Yeah. I looked that up. 1916.
I was asking if the USVI had any strategic value--not when the US purchased these islands. I already knew when the US purchased these islands as well as about the unsuccessful efforts to purchase some of these islands in 1867 and all of these islands in 1902.

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