|Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 148):|
Actually the US had the Philippines as official colony after the Spanish-American war. You could add Puerto Rico, which later changed political status, as well as Hawaii, which was taken over after a coup d'etat staged by American plantation owners against the Hawaiian Queen.
I was going to add that in, Jan, but you beat me to it, although one might add that Hawa'ii was more along the lines of a putsch engineered by missionaries and planters to oust the monarchy and present Sam with something he hadn't really asked for. Remarkably like Texas in that respect. Don't forget the defacto colonies in central America courtesy of the United Fruit Company, occupation of Cuba, and on and on.
For the second line colonial powers it was a matter of 'everyone's doing it, let's grab some brown folks for ourselves'. Germany got the leavings of Africa and some odd bits in the Pacific, but it was never on the scale of the first line colonial countries.
Now. Having said all that-there are degrees and degrees, and some things worked out better than others.
Fact is, the second world war was the last great colonial war to be fought. Japan in the Pacific with the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere, Germany with Lebensraum and the drang nach Osten, Italy for a new Roman Empire. All, without exception, excuses for grand theft on an unimaginable scale.
Totally preposterous in retrospect, and one hopes the lesson has been well and truly learned-although cultural colonialism is alive and well in China as well as the old fashioned land grab as we see in Tibet.