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The Great Guano Rush: Entrepreneurs and American Overseas Expansion

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How did some of the most savage and desolate islands in the world, scattered across the Pacific and Caribbean, become U.S. territories? The Great Guano Rush describes the fascinating and little-known history of this earliest example of American overseas expansion. "Guano" (bird droppings) was the 19th century's most important fertilizer and in 1856 Congress, believing that ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 15th 1994 by Palgrave Macmillan
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Pamela
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Not-Quite States of America: Dispatches from the Territories and Other Far-Flung Outposts of the USA was a fascinating book, one I highly recommend reading if you enjoy little known enigmatic histories. It is also the book that led me to Jimmy M. Skaggs' The Great Guano Rush: Entrepreneurs and American Overseas Expansion. It too was a fascinating - and surprisingly entertaining book regaling the acquisition of lands all in the name of bird poop. Yes - BIRD POOP!

Guano - island seafowl guano
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Gwen
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You might not think that guano mining would make for an interesting read, but you would be wrong. The author presents the case of islands claimed by the U.S. to protect phosphate mining interests as evidence of the long-standing practice of the federal government's support of business. Along the way, though, he tells a fascinating story about how some of our island possessions came to be part of the U.S. and he explores interesting diplomatic implications of the addition of these territories.
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Forgotten part of US History.
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