A significant display of American seapower (and the importance of American friendship) occurred In 1903 when the leading states of Europe competed for the privilege of hosting American naval presence in their ports.
Hourihan, William J.
"The Best Ambassador: Rear Admiral Cotton and the Cruise of the European Squadron, 1903,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 32
, Article 8.
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