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Rough WatersAmerican Involvement with the Mediterranean in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries$
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Silvia Marzagalli, James R. Sofka, and John McCusker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497346

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497346.001.0001

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Minorca: The First United States Naval Base in the Mediterranean and the American Consulate at Port Mahon

Minorca: The First United States Naval Base in the Mediterranean and the American Consulate at Port Mahon

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(p.135) Minorca: The First United States Naval Base in the Mediterranean and the American Consulate at Port Mahon
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Rough Waters
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Miquel Ángel Casasnovas Camps

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497346.003.0009

This essay analyses the relationship between America and the island of Minorca during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by focussing on the the American naval base established at Port Mahón. It approaches the topic in four stages: the first provides a contextual outline of the history of maritime Minorca in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; the second examines the functions of the American consulate in Mahón; the third examines the role of Port Mahon as an American Naval base; and the final segment evaluates the impact of the American naval presence on Minorca through social, economic, ideological, and cultural influences. It finds that Mahón possessed good maritime facilities as a result of previous British rule, and provided America with the permanent presence they sought in the Mediterranean. For Minorca, the base provided relief from commercial decline and economic distress. Culturally, America also had a significant contemporary impact on Mahón, though over time the American presence has been somewhat resigned to history, overridden by Britain’s cultural presence on the island.

Keywords:   American Navy, Balearic Shipping, Port Infrastructure, Mediterranean Squadron, Cultural Hegemony

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