Postcards from the Collection of Jack Whitmeyer
Los Angeles Maritime Museum Research Library
Object Type:
Great White Fleet. Postcard from Jack Whitmeyer Collection.
Collection Description:
In 1908 the Great White Fleet visited Yokohama, Japan. Relations between the US and Japan were tense during this time. Japan had proved its military might during the Russo—Japanese War in 1904—5, so Roosevelt, concerned about the possiblilty of war, sent the Great White Fleet to Japan.
Description of Photograph:
The trip to Japan helped foster a sense of good will between the two countries. President Theodore Roosevelt and Emperor Meiji are pictured together with the Japanese and American flags on this postcard.
Background Information:
In 1907 President Theodore Roosevelt deployed a fleet of 16 white battleships to tour the globe to display of America's power and naval might. This world tour also gave the US Navy the opportunity to test its new battleships at sea. On its world tour the Great White Fleet visited New Zealand, the Philippines, Brazil, Japan,and Gibralter, among other places.
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