“And the programme was a Pozzitive production for the BBCCCCCCCC!!!”
brb, turning hetero for Thomas J Osborne, most useful historian alive (or has he died? eh, irrelevant).
In response to mounting unrest in Cuba, in early 1898 President McKinley sent the US warship Maine to Havana harbor. While the US government announced that the Maine’s was a “friendly act of courtesy,” everyone knew that this was a lie. Its real mission was to protect American life and property if and when Cuban revolutionaries took control of Havana. On the evening of February 15, a mysterious explosion suddenly blew up the Maine while it was resting at anchor in the harbor, killing 260 navy servicemen.
Without a shred of real evidence, the “yellow press” and prominent individuals immediately blamed Spanish authorities for the disaster. Even though Spain had no rational motive for provoking the United States, and no evidence of Spanish guilt has ever come to light, the incident was instantly seized upon to inflame passions for war. Headlines in the New York Journal (February 17) told readers that “Destruction of the War Ship Maine Was The Work of an Enemy,” that “Assistant Secretary Roosevelt Convinced the Explosion of the War Ship Was Not an Accident,” and that “Naval officers think the Maine was destroyed by a Spanish mine.” (Hearst’s Journal would later shamelessly take credit for the Spanish-American war itself.)
Um, missionaries WERE colonialism? And I would hardly argue they were ‘benign’.
Surely the argument that the US took over Hawai‘i because it kept getting taken over by other countries is like Britain saying it should take over France because it keeps getting invaded. I just don’t understand, mainly because Hawai‘i getting invaded only lasted a couple of months at a time and they were always rogue citizens who didn’t have the backing of their respective governments. So it makes even less sense. I just cannot.