In 1907, at the command of President Theodore Roosevelt, the
U.S. Navy embarked on a round-the-world sabre-rattling cruise. The
Great White Fleet was composed of 16 battleships, painted white,
and crewed by 12,000 men. It signalled to the world that the U.S.
was now a great power.
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Richert, Lucas Paul. "U.S. Great White Fleet". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2008
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=5560, accessed 20 February 2017.]