Under orders from President Theodore Roosevelt, sixteen battleships of the United States' Atlantic Battle Fleet and their consorts made a peace-time circumnavigation of the globe, from December 1907 to February 1909. Text, illustrations, and captions tell the story of this fourteen-month world cruise. Separate chapters provide an overview of the origins, course, and accomplishments of the cruise, describe the ships that circumnavigated the globe, depict the character and experiences of the sailors who participated, narrate the cruise's principal events and itinerary, and analyze the Great White Fleet's significance organizationally for the United States Navy and diplomatically for the United States of America. Praise for the Printed edition: Library Journal 5/15/2009 issue Special Feature Article by Jim Church "Looking Back, Moving On: 2008 Best Notable Government Documents" The World Cruise of the Great White Fleet: Honoring 100 Years of Global Partnerships and Security. ed. by Michael J. Crawford. U.S. Dept. of the Navy, Naval Historical Ctr. 2008. 106p. illus. maps. SuDoc # D 221.2:C 88. GPO Stock # 008-046-00245-2"Back in 1907, as a result of a U.S.-Japanese diplomatic crisis, Theodore Roosevelt made the fateful decision to take the U.S. Navy "global" by having the fleet circumnavigate the world. Richly illustrated with monochrome photos, this attractive scrapbook of the cruise includes colored maps, diagrams, and reproductions of paintings and cards published at the time. A complement to naval history texts and a fascinating insight into an earlier era when the United States was emerging as a world power."
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