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"Annexation: A Historical Tapestry of Power and Expansion" Throughout history, the concept has been a recurring theme, shaping nations and altering borders

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Germany and Russia discuss the division of Poland, 1939

Germany and Russia discuss the division of Poland, 1939
Russian Commander Borowenski bends over a map of Poland during discussions between German and Russian officers about the demarcation of the country following the invasion by Germany

Background imageAnnexation Collection: EXPL2A-00265

EXPL2A-00265
Map of the territory ceded by Mexico to the US after the Mexican-American War, 1848-1853. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAnnexation Collection: US territorial acquisition during the 1800s

US territorial acquisition during the 1800s
Map showiing the territorial growth of the continental US 1776 to 1899. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAnnexation Collection: French wounded evacuated by sea after France annexed Madagascar, 1896

French wounded evacuated by sea after France annexed Madagascar, 1896
3480821 French wounded evacuated by sea after France annexed Madagascar, 1896; (add.info.: French wounded evacuated by sea after France annexed Madagascar)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Neapolitans proceeding to register their votes, 1860 (engraving)

Neapolitans proceeding to register their votes, 1860 (engraving)
1579567 Neapolitans proceeding to register their votes, 1860 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving depicting the Neapolitans proceeding to register their votes for annexation)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The vote for Annexation, 1860 (engraving)

The vote for Annexation, 1860 (engraving)
1579562 The vote for Annexation, 1860 (engraving); (add.info.: Engraving depicting the vote for Annexation at Naples-Polling Booth at Month Calvario. Dated 1860.); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Fighting at the Pul-i-Khishti Bridge between Russian and Afghan soldiers at the Battle of Kushka

Fighting at the Pul-i-Khishti Bridge between Russian and Afghan soldiers at the Battle of Kushka
3083182 Fighting at the Pul-i-Khishti Bridge between Russian and Afghan soldiers at the Battle of Kushka, Afghanistan during The Panjdeh incident or Panjdeh Scare

Background imageAnnexation Collection: THANKSGIVING CARTOON, 1898. New Faces at the Thanksgiving Dinner: American cartoon, 1898

THANKSGIVING CARTOON, 1898. New Faces at the Thanksgiving Dinner: American cartoon, 1898, on the U. S
THANKSGIVING CARTOON, 1898. New Faces at the Thanksgiving Dinner: American cartoon, 1898, on the U.S. territorial acquisitions following the conclusion of the Spanish-American War

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Napoléon III remettant au baron Haussmann le décret d'annexion des communes...(16 février 1859)

Napoléon III remettant au baron Haussmann le décret d'annexion des communes...(16 février 1859)
Napoleon III remettant au baron Haussmann le decret d'annexion des communes limitrophes (16 fevrier 1859), 1865

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Viceroy at Mandalay returning Buddist Images, 1886

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Viceroy at Mandalay returning Buddist Images, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Viceroy at Mandalay returning Buddist Images to the Archbishop and Priest's, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - A Loot Auction in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Lady Dufferin Receives the Burmese Ladies, 1886. Creator: Unknown

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Lady Dufferin Receives the Burmese Ladies, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Lady Dufferin Receives the Burmese Ladies at Afternoon Tea in the Palace, Mandalay, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Graphic, Front Cover April 3.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown

The Graphic, Front Cover April 3.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown
The Graphic, Front Cover April 3. 1886, 1886. With Lord Dufferin in Burma - the great reception at the throne hall, Mandalay. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Viceroy's Departure from Prome for Mandalay, 1886

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Viceroy's Departure from Prome for Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma--The Viceroy's Departure from Prome for Mandalay, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin, 1886. Creator: Unknown

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin - The Ladies of the Palace, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Welcome to the Palace, Mandalay - Theebaw's Great Drums, 1886

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Welcome to the Palace, Mandalay - Theebaw's Great Drums, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Welcome to the Palace, Mandalay - Theebaw's Great Drums, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Lord and Lady Dufferin in Theebaw's Theatre, 1886. Creator: Unknown

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Lord and Lady Dufferin in Theebaw's Theatre, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Mummers of the Palace - Lord and Lady Dufferin in Theebaw's Theatre, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin at Mandalay, 1886

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin at Mandalay, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - Reception of the Viceroy and Lady Dufferin at Mandalay, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageAnnexation Collection: With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Advance Guard on board the Sir William Peel, 1886

With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Advance Guard on board the Sir William Peel, 1886. Creator: Unknown
With Lord Dufferin in Burma - The Advance Guard on board the Sir William Peel, 1886. From "The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 33. January to June, 1886"

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Graphic, Front Cover March 20th.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown

The Graphic, Front Cover March 20th.1886, 1886. Creator: Unknown
The Graphic, Front Cover March 20th. 1886, 1886. With Lord Dufferin in Burma. The Viceroy's advance guard searching the banks of the Irrawaddy for Dacoits. From "The Graphic

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Allegory of the annexation of Savoy by France (1860), c1860. Creator: Emile-Charles Wattier

Allegory of the annexation of Savoy by France (1860), c1860. Creator: Emile-Charles Wattier
Allegory of the annexation of Savoy by France (1860), c1860

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Map from 1898 showing the territorial growth of the United States of America

Map from 1898 showing the territorial growth of the United States of America. From The History of Our Country, published 1900

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius Military Cemetery, tomb containing the heart and mother

Lithuania, Vilnius, Vilnius Military Cemetery, tomb containing the heart and mother of Polish Marshal Josef Pilsudki who was responsible for Polands annexation of Vilnius in 1921

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Reluctant Bridegroom. An 1897 American cartoon on the growing annexation movement

The Reluctant Bridegroom. An 1897 American cartoon on the growing annexation movement
HAWAIIAN ANNEXATION, 1897. The Reluctant Bridegroom. An 1897 American cartoon on the growing annexation movement. Secretary of State John Sherman officiates

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Rerum sicularum libri VIII, by Nicolai Specialis

Rerum sicularum libri VIII, by Nicolai Specialis (Nicola Speciale, 14th century historian of Sicilian origin). In his work he described the deeds of the kings of the Crown of Aragon

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Barcinonensium. Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus

Barcinonensium. Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus. Book written in Latin by Pierre de Marca (1594-1662). In 1656 he was commissioned to formalise the border treaty between the kingdoms of France

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus

Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus
Illustrisimo Viro Ioanni Baptistae Colberto, marquis de Seignelay (1651-1690). Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus. Book written in Latin by Pierre de Marca (1594-1662)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Emperor Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann

Emperor Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann
Napoleon III handing over the decree of annexation of the suburbs of Paris to Baron Haussmann, for urban development (16 February 1859)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: First Partition of Poland

First Partition of Poland
Partitions of Poland. The First Partition of Poland. It was decided on August 5, 1772. The agreement was signed in Vienna in February 1772

Background imageAnnexation Collection: PORTUGUESE TAKE DIU 1509

PORTUGUESE TAKE DIU 1509
A sea battle in the harbour of Diu, on the west coast of India, results in the death of Sultan Badur and Portuguese annexation. Inset : Nugno d'Acona who founds the colony. Date: 1509

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Expedition to Upper Burma, 1886. Creator: Unknown

The Expedition to Upper Burma, 1886. Creator: Unknown
Captain Eyre, Political Officer, reading the Proclamation to the Natives after the action at Koolee Gyoung. The Expedition to Upper Burma, 1886. From " The Graphic

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Annexation of New Guinea as a Crown Colony, By Dr. William McGregor, C. M. G

Annexation of New Guinea as a Crown Colony, By Dr. William McGregor, C. M. G. The newly appointed A Creator: Unknown
Annexation of New Guinea as a Crown Colony, By Dr. William McGregor, C.M.G. The newly appointed Administrator, 1888. From, The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper Volume 38

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Map of Oude and the North-West Provinces, c1891. Creator: James Grant

Map of Oude and the North-West Provinces, c1891. Creator: James Grant
Map of Oude and the North-West Provinces, c1891. From " Cassells Illustrated History of India Vol. I.", by James Grant. [Cassell Petter & Galpin, London, Paris and New York]

Background imageAnnexation Collection: German tourists in an Alsace village (colour litho)

German tourists in an Alsace village (colour litho)
5208371 German tourists in an Alsace village (colour litho) by Waltz, Jean-Jacques (Hansi) (1873-1951); Private Collection; (add.info.: German tourists in an Alsace village)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: L Europe en 1871, 1871 (colour litho)

L Europe en 1871, 1871 (colour litho)
XCF290996 L Europe en 1871, 1871 (colour litho) by Hadol, Paul (1835-1875); Private Collection; French, out of copyright

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Annexation of the Transvaal (litho)

The Annexation of the Transvaal (litho)
1039998 The Annexation of the Transvaal (litho) by Dadd, Frank (1851-1929) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Annexation of the Transvaal)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Trieste festivities for the annexation (colour litho)

The Trieste festivities for the annexation (colour litho)
2808981 The Trieste festivities for the annexation (colour litho) by Beltrame, Achille (1871-1945); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Trieste festivities for the annexation)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The awakening of the Eastern Question (colour litho)

The awakening of the Eastern Question (colour litho)
2779447 The awakening of the Eastern Question (colour litho) by French School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The awakening of the Eastern Question)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Taking the Votes in Favour of Annexation in the Church of St Francis, Naples (engraving)

Taking the Votes in Favour of Annexation in the Church of St Francis, Naples (engraving)
2773220 Taking the Votes in Favour of Annexation in the Church of St Francis, Naples (engraving) by Janet, Gustave (b. 1829); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Voting at Chambery for the Annexation of Savoy to France (engraving)

Voting at Chambery for the Annexation of Savoy to France (engraving)
2772964 Voting at Chambery for the Annexation of Savoy to France (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Baron Ricasoli presenting the King of Sardinia with the Result of the Voting for Annexation in

Baron Ricasoli presenting the King of Sardinia with the Result of the Voting for Annexation in Tuscany (engraving)
2772912 Baron Ricasoli presenting the King of Sardinia with the Result of the Voting for Annexation in Tuscany (engraving) by Janet, Gustave (b)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Annexation of Hawaii by the United States of America (b / w photo)

The Annexation of Hawaii by the United States of America (b / w photo)
1606298 The Annexation of Hawaii by the United States of America (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The British Dominions beyond the Seas, Our Second and Final Annexation of Cape Colony (litho)

The British Dominions beyond the Seas, Our Second and Final Annexation of Cape Colony (litho)
1601434 The British Dominions beyond the Seas, Our Second and Final Annexation of Cape Colony (litho) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The British Forces entering Mandalay, 1885, illustration from Cassell

The British Forces entering Mandalay, 1885, illustration from Cassell
STC385341 The British Forces entering Mandalay, 1885, illustration from Cassells Illustrated History of England (engraving) (sepia photo) by Wollen

Background imageAnnexation Collection: Austria mobilising its troops, 1908. (litho)

Austria mobilising its troops, 1908. (litho)
3666851 Austria mobilising its troops, 1908. (litho). by Ostoya, Georges d (Dochinsky or Sochinsky) (1878-1937); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Bosnian crisis of 1908-09)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: European leaders make a toast during a conference, 1908. (litho)

European leaders make a toast during a conference, 1908. (litho)
3666849 European leaders make a toast during a conference, 1908. (litho). by Gris, Juan (1887-1927); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Bosnian crisis of 1908-09)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Vote for Annexation at Naples, Polling Booth at Monte Calvario (engraving)

The Vote for Annexation at Naples, Polling Booth at Monte Calvario (engraving)
1612509 The Vote for Annexation at Naples, Polling Booth at Monte Calvario (engraving) by Nast, Thomas (1840-1902) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Vote for Annexation at Naples)

Background imageAnnexation Collection: The Archbishop of Chambery, at the Head of his Clergy, proceeding from the Cathedral to Vote for

The Archbishop of Chambery, at the Head of his Clergy, proceeding from the Cathedral to Vote for the Annexation to
1098766 The Archbishop of Chambery, at the Head of his Clergy, proceeding from the Cathedral to Vote for the Annexation to France (engraving) by Beauce



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"Annexation: A Historical Tapestry of Power and Expansion" Throughout history, the concept has been a recurring theme, shaping nations and altering borders. One such instance occurred in 1939 when Germany and Russia engaged in discussions to divide Poland, marking a pivotal moment leading up to World War II. The 1800s witnessed significant territorial acquisitions by the United States as it expanded its reach across the continent. This era saw the nation's boundaries evolve through strategic land grabs and negotiations. Dhuleep Singh, an intriguing figure from Indian history, became entangled in the web of annexation. As the last Maharaja of Punjab, his kingdom was eventually absorbed into British India. In Nicolai Specialis' "Rerum sicularum libri VIII, " we find glimpses into medieval Europe where annexations were prevalent. The work sheds light on various regions like Barcinonensium and Marca Hispanica sive limes hispanicus that experienced shifts due to political maneuverings. Emperor Napoleon III's reign also left an indelible mark on France with Baron Haussmann spearheading urban renewal projects in Paris. These transformations involved extensive demolitions and reconfigurations – a form of internal annexation reshaping cityscapes. The First Partition of Poland stands as another stark example where neighboring powers seized Polish territories for their own gains during the late 18th century. This event marked a turning point for Poland's sovereignty. Portuguese expansionism reached its zenith when they took control over Diu in 1509 – an act that exemplifies how colonial powers sought to expand their influence overseas through military conquests and subsequent annexations. The Italo-Turkish War provided Italy with an opportunity to occupy Tripoli in 1911-1912, showcasing how imperial ambitions drove nations towards territorial acquisitions beyond their borders. Even Thanksgiving cartoons held references to American territorial expansions.