Foreign Affairs under Benjamin Harrison
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Secretary of State James G. Blaine managed to assuage several potentially troublesome international issues, including:
The United States, intent on becoming a major naval power, concluded an agreement with native rulers in 1878, which allowed the development of a coaling and repair station in the harbor at Pago Pago. Britain and Germany soon followed and formalized their commercial positions in the islands. Tensions developed among the foreign powers. In 1889, Germany and the United States had warships in place in Samoa, but were spared a confrontation by the timely intervention of a typhoon. Later that year, an international meeting in Berlin brought a temporary resolution to the rivalry. Samoan independence was formally recognized, but the outside nations assumed supervisory powers over the islands.
The ability to reach this understanding quieted loose talk about the possibility of war between Germany and the United States over Samoa.
This event foreshadowed America's use of "Big Stick" diplomacy in the region.
The motives of the United States were not entirely pure. Blaine was interested in doing what he could to supplant British influence and trade dominance in South America. Many of the Latin nations were suspicious of their northern neighbor's growing power and moved very slowly toward pan-Americanism.
Benjamin Harrison attended Farmers' College in Cincinnati, Ohio, before transferring to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University in 1852 and proceeded to study law with an attorney in Cincinnati. In 1853, Harrison ...
Benjamin Harrison Signer of the Declaration of Independence BENJAMIN HARRISON was born in 1726 on Berkeley, the family plantation beautifully situated on the banks of the James River overlooking the seaport of Petersburg and Richmond. He was a ...
Biography of Benjamin Harrison
... for President on the eighth ballot at the 1888 Republican Convention, Benjamin Harrison conducted one of the first "front-porch" campaigns, delivering short speeches to delegations that visited him in Indianapolis. As he was only 5 feet, 6 ...