A purely commercial standpoint

Theodore C. Search

‘Viewing the matter from a purely commercial standpoint, our business interests have been enormously the gainers by [the actions of] the American administration in the islands, whatever may be the future disposition of these people and their land.’

– President of the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers Theodore C. Search, referring to the Spanish-American War of 1898 in which the United States annexed the former Spanish colonies of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam (National Association of Manufacturers, Circular No. 30, (Philadelphia, 1899), 2)

More info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish%E2%80%93American_War

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