U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for February 6

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6: OVERSEAS TERRITORIES

Profile 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.  Spain ceded Puerto Rico, Guam, and — for a few years before independence — Cuba to the United States, along with selling the Philippines for $20 millionThe 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



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