Plausibility Check: An Austro-Hungarian colonial empire?

Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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#11
In 1898 Spain offered to sell Rio de Oro to the Austro-Hungarian Colonial Society. The sale was agreed upon and Count Goluchowski, the Foreign Minister, was aware of the deal. Everything seemed to be complete and then Hungary vetoed the deal and it fell through.
Why'd Hungary oppose this plan? Also, was this Spanish sale offer related in any way to the Spanish-American War?

BTW, what do you think would have happened to this territory after WWI had Austria-Hungary actually purchased it back in 1898?
 

Maki

Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
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Republika Srpska
#12
Why'd Hungary oppose this plan?
Because A-H accepting the colony would lead to an enlargement of the navy, something Hungary opposed.

Also, was this Spanish sale offer related in any way to the Spanish-American War?
It was. Spain actually considered selling all of their remaining colonies.

BTW, what do you think would have happened to this territory after WWI had Austria-Hungary actually purchased it back in 1898?
It would have been given to some other nation, probably France since it was pretty much surrounded by French possessions.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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#14
Because A-H accepting the colony would lead to an enlargement of the navy, something Hungary opposed.
Why didn't Hungary want a larger navy?

It was. Spain actually considered selling all of their remaining colonies.
Makes sense.

BTW, it's interesting that Spain nevertheless expanded into northern Morocco just 14 years later. One would think that Spain's dreams of being a colonial power would have been gone for good after 1898.

It would have been given to some other nation, probably France since it was pretty much surrounded by French possessions.
Makes sense. So, it would likely be a part of Mauritania today?
 

Maki

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#16
Because Hungary feared that such a navy, especially an enlarged commercial navy, would only serve Austrian interests and they generally believed that an enlarged navy would not be useful for Hungary. They had reasons to be wary. In 1897, the navy spent only 12,3% of its budget in Hungary.
 
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Futurist

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#18
Because Hungary feared that such a navy, especially an enlarged commercial navy, would only serve Austrian interests and they generally believed that an enlarged navy would not be useful for Hungary. They had reasons to be wary. In 1897, the navy spent only 12,3% of its budget in Hungary.
Interesting. I guess that this can be explained by Hungary's shorter coastline, no?

Also, how many of A-H's people do you think would have actually settled in Western Sahara had A-H acquired it in 1898? Not very many, I'm suspecting. Several thousand at the very most?