- May 2014
What concessions did we want to get from the British, though?Bargaining chips for peace negotiations. No need to dwell on that as it was a colossal flop.
Yep, that makes sense.Florida was IMO a strategic acquisition. Otherwise a foreign state(s) would control all means of ingress and egress to the Caribbean basin. Florida was a pestilential swamp until the very first couple of decades of the 20th century.
Weren't the US Virgin Islands also strategically important?Other than Alaska the other expansion was for lines of commercial trade. Asia was a commercial magnet as soon as the US gained the West Coast. By the age of steam, and the establishment of a modern US navy, coaling stations were a strategic necessity. As to the US Virgin Islands - I got nuthin' .