By William Bowles
This cartoon map reflects the new global reach of the United States by the end of 1898. For comparison, the inset shows the territorial extent of the U.S. 100 years earlier, in 1798, before the Louisiana Purchase, the Mexican-American War, and the other actions that led to the nation’s territorial growth.
The U.S. acquired former Spanish colonies of Puerto Rico (called Porto Rico in this cartoon ~ both spellings were used) and the Philippines (marked here by the name of the city of Manila) as a result of the Spanish-American War.The Ladrones Islands, which had been under Spanish rule, included the island of Guam.What major Caribbean island not pictured here went from being a Spanish colony to being under the U.S. “sphere of influence”?Hawaii had a different story. American sugar planters in Hawaii had deposed the islands’ Queen Liliuokalani five years earlier, but the U.S. did not officially annex Hawaii until 1898. ~ Herodotus