Always amusing when the mask slips.
Found the following surprising illustration from 1900 at the Strange Maps blog; originially, it was in a children’s book, “The Navy Alphabet”, written by Frank Baum, who also wrote “The Wizard of Oz”:
Surprising indeed to see someone back then admit to (and celebrate) what many knew, but few admitted – and what neo-conservatives today, still don’t admit – that America is an empire, complete with colonies…
Today, of course, Hawaii has become a state while Cuba and the Philippines have become independent. However, Guam and Puerto Rico are yet neither independent nor fully incorporated into the United States, as states…
Mark Twain, of course, famously criticized America for more or less taking over the Philippines, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, following the Spanish-American War. He dreamed up, sarcastically, a pirate flag for the conquered Philippines:
And as for the flag for the Philippine Province, it is easily arranged. We can have a special one – our States do it: we can have just our usual flag, with the white stripes painted black and the stars replaced by the skull and cross-bones.
Since then, people have created such a flag:
I’m sure Twain would be pleased, to see that some people, at least, have carried on his anti-imperialist tradition.