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Donald Trump wants to buy Greenland: From Kashmir to Texas, here are the territories that have changed hands

Updated : 2019-08-21 07:42:33

For the United States, if Trump's proposal to acquire Greenland comes to fruition, it wouldn't be its first purchase of a foreign land. Purchasing foreign territories is also not an exclusive American preserve. From the sale of Kashmir to the purchase of Alaska, history has witnessed a myriad of foreign territories changing hands.

Kashmir: Recently turned into a union territory of India from its earlier designation of a state, Kashmir, was purchased by former Jammu king, Gulab Singh, from the British under the Treaty of Amritsar in 1846 after the Sikh defeat in the First Anglo-Sikh War.
Kashmir: Recently turned into a union territory of India from its earlier designation of a state, Kashmir, was purchased by former Jammu king, Gulab Singh, from the British under the Treaty of Amritsar in 1846 after the Sikh defeat in the First Anglo-Sikh War.
Texas: The acquisition of Texas in 1845 marked the greatest territorial expansion of the United States to date. The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo between the United States and Mexico that ended the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), was signed by the US President James K Polk in 1848 and it led to the acquisition of the territory.
Texas: The acquisition of Texas in 1845 marked the greatest territorial expansion of the United States to date. The Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo between the United States and Mexico that ended the Mexican–American War (1846–1848), was signed by the US President James K Polk in 1848 and it led to the acquisition of the territory.
Hawaii: In 1898, the United States took control of Hawaii after the Newlands Resolution was passed by the US Congress to annex the independent Republic of Hawaii. It became the Territory of Hawaii following the annexation and remained so until March 1959 when the then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act which established Hawaii as the 50th state of the United States.
Hawaii: In 1898, the United States took control of Hawaii after the Newlands Resolution was passed by the US Congress to annex the independent Republic of Hawaii. It became the Territory of Hawaii following the annexation and remained so until March 1959 when the then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Admission Act which established Hawaii as the 50th state of the United States.
The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico: The Treaty of Paris signed in 1898 ended the Spanish-American War of and also led to Spain ceding possession of the Philippines, Guam and Puetro Rico to the United States. The purchase of Philippines cost the US $20 million as a price of infrastructure owed to Spain.
The Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico: The Treaty of Paris signed in 1898 ended the Spanish-American War of and also led to Spain ceding possession of the Philippines, Guam and Puetro Rico to the United States. The purchase of Philippines cost the US $20 million as a price of infrastructure owed to Spain.
Louisiana: In 1803, in a land deal between United States and France, approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River was purchased by the US for $15 million.
Louisiana: In 1803, in a land deal between United States and France, approximately 827,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River was purchased by the US for $15 million.
Florida: In 1819, the Treaty of Adama-Onis was signed between the United States and Spain that ceded Florida to the US and also defined the boundary between the America and Viceroyalty of New Spain, a territory of the erstwhile Spanish Empire.
Florida: In 1819, the Treaty of Adama-Onis was signed between the United States and Spain that ceded Florida to the US and also defined the boundary between the America and Viceroyalty of New Spain, a territory of the erstwhile Spanish Empire.
Alaska: Following the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the US secretary of state William Seward began negotiations for the purchase of Alaska with Eduard de Stoeckl, the Russian minister to the United States. They eventually agreed to a treaty in March 1867 that saw the US purchase 1,518,800 square kms for $7.2 million.
Alaska: Following the end of the American Civil War in 1865, the US secretary of state William Seward began negotiations for the purchase of Alaska with Eduard de Stoeckl, the Russian minister to the United States. They eventually agreed to a treaty in March 1867 that saw the US purchase 1,518,800 square kms for $7.2 million.
Principality of Lichtenberg: It was a duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1826 to 1834 before being sold to Kingdom of Prussia in 1834. Now the principality lies in Germany.
Principality of Lichtenberg: It was a duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha from 1826 to 1834 before being sold to Kingdom of Prussia in 1834. Now the principality lies in Germany.
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