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The Gulf and Inland Waters

The Gulf and Inland Waters by A.T. Mahan
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Mahan was born at West Point, N.Y. He studied at Columbia University and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1859. During the Civil War (1861-1865), he served on blockade duty in the South Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. His first book, The Gulf and Inland Waters (1883), was a naval history of the war.

Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914), an American admiral, wrote many books on naval strategy and the influence of sea power on international affairs. His writings had an important effect on how nations viewed sea power in the 20 years before World War I (1914-1918). His great work, The Influence of Sea Power upon History, 1660-1783 (1890), influenced President Theodore Roosevelt and others who supported colonial expansion overseas. Mahan argued in other writings for a strong navy, naval bases in Latin America and Asia, and an expanded merchant fleet. His ideas helped the United States develop as a world power and influenced naval experts in Great Britain and Germany.

Digital Scanning, Inc.; October 2001
289 pages; ISBN 9781582185743
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Title: The Gulf and Inland Waters
Author: A.T. Mahan