National Geographic : 1908 Apr
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE C SSROADS OF enemy, it is doubtful whether we could control the canal for a day, while the en tire coast line of the Pacific states and the bays and harbors of our rapidly growing Alaska would be in constant expecta tion of a hostile descent. For the de fense of our Pacific coast and its com merce, therefore, the Hawaiian Islands are vital, and this fact is recognized, I think, by every one who has given the matter careful attention. In addition to the strategic relation to the Pacific coast of the United States, which Hawaii possesses, it has a similar relation to our island possessions further west-Guam and the Philippines. Hawaii and Guam are the ocean stations of the American cable between the United States and our possessions on the coast of Asia, and as such are of vast importance in any scheme of defense of the Philippines or of the Pacific states. This line is of the greatest use to our commerce, and its safety can be assured only through means of defending its island stations against hostile attack. 296 C\C -r~c pP~C ~'