Our Relations to the Nations of the Western Hemisphere

Our Relations to the Nations of the Western Hemisphere

Our Relations to the Nations of the Western Hemisphere

Our Relations to the Nations of the Western Hemisphere

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In these necessarily brief observations, I shall not attempt an historical review. One cannot fail to realize that the outstanding events of the past thirty years have given us new relations and new aspects of old relations. Let me remind you of some of the more significant of these events. The Spanish War brought the Republic of Cuba into the family of the American States. We were thus rid of conditions at our door which were intolerable and would have continued so long as Spain maintained her control and abused her privilege. The new relation has created a different set of problems. The cutting of the Isthmus of Panama by a canal, "the greatest liberty man has ever taken with nature," as Mr. Bryce put it, has created new conditions of strategy and defense. It has given its benefits to the world at large, and its special advantages to the American peoples, but it has brought peculiar responsibilities to the United States. Panama became an American Republic and . . .

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