The Caribbean Danger Zone

The Caribbean Danger Zone

The Caribbean Danger Zone

The Caribbean Danger Zone

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At a time when aggressors with terrifying weapons, are on the march many parts of the Americas have assumed a new strategic significance. Alaska and the Aleutian Islands are within striking distance of the bombing planes of the Soviet Union and possibly those of Japan. Iceland, Greenland, and the Azores are dangerously near Newfoundland, Canada, and New England. West Africa and the Canary and Cape Verde Islands are uncomfortably close to the north coast of Brazil, much nearer than are New York Harbor, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, where some of the best sea bases of the United States are located; and the historian recalls that Brazil was discovered, perhaps accidentally, by a Portuguese expedition which deviated from its course while on the way around Africa to the Orient. It is possible that the conquerors may attempt their first assaults on the New World from one or more of these approaches. But the Carribbean region, for more than a century considered the most vital area in the defense strategy of the United States, still remains the supreme danger zone of the Americas.

I venture to hope that the volume here presented, a volume which re-examines the policy of the United States with reference to the Caribbean Danger Zone, will not be dismissed by the critics as merely another book on the relations of the United States and the Caribbean area. My intention has been to give a balanced synthesis and interpretation that will be useful in the present world crisis. Many of the facts I have assembled are familiar to the specialist, although I

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