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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6: OVERSEAS TERRITORIESProfile America — Wednesday, February 6th. On this date in 1899, the Senate ratified the Treaty of
Paris, concluding the Spanish-American War of 1898. The treaty, negotiated in
Paris the previous December, was opposed by 27 senators; not opposed to peace, but to the overseas territorial acquisitions.
Guam, and — for a few years before independence —
the United States, along with selling
the Philippines for
The Philippines became independent after World War II, but
Puerto Rico and
Guam are still U.S. territories.
Guam's population in the 2010 Census was over 159,000, while
Puerto Rico was home to 3.7 million residents.
Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Press Release, CB11-CN.179
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at
http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau