Greenland the Artic Island, that President Trump proposes to purchase from Danemark

 President Trump offers to the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to discuss Greenland’s purchase, during his visit to Copenhagen early next month. This news caused anger among Danish people, who see in this statement as a huge diplomatic inelegance, an extreme outrage to the entire nation. 

 Greenland is an Arctic territory under the rule of the Danish crown.  This is the largest island in the world with an area of 2,166,086 km2, for only 56,000 inhabitants. Currently, the Island has semi-autonomous status.  Nevertheless, Danmark kingdom assumes its diplomacy and defense.

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark invited the American President to Stockholm to talk about friendship and diplomacy between the two nations. But Donald Trump wanted to turn this meeting into a business opportunity.  He proposed to the Dane to discuss and negotiate the transfer of Greenland to the United States.

Mrs. Frederickson, who responded to the proposal, described it as absurd. According to her, it is unimaginable that a foreign power could dare, asking another country to sell a part of its land. This escalation comes on the eve of a meeting scheduled for early September between Donald Trump and the Danish authorities.  

Other influential figures in Danish society compare Trump statement to a bad joke.  This is the case of a former Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen:” It must be an April Fool’s Day joke… but totally out of Season,” he said on Twitter about Greenland’s purchase. Then,  Prime Minister of Greenland Kim Kielsen has declared that his country is open for business but not for sale.

Further, the danish people, speak out its disagree with the American President. they say through social networks, that Trump proposal of Greenland’s purchase is indecent and irreverent towards their nation. It looks like someone who loves your wife and offers to divorce her in exchange for money, so, he can marry her afterward.

 This pearl of the Arctic feeds a lot of covetousness from the great powers like China and the United States. Despite its geolocation which heralds new trade road in the northern Arctic, with climate change.

It is also an area rich in fish generally and in minerals of all kinds, in particular, included hydrocarbon resources.  Nevertheless, 80% of the island is covered with ice. Since earlier scientists have observed the progressive melting of these glaciers, direct results of climate change.

However, the idea o Greenland’s purchase is not new in American history. Two former presidents of the United States have already had this idea in mind. First Andrew Johnson in 1860 and then closer to us, President Harry Truman in 1946 had already considered making it American territory. Unfortunately for the United States, his efforts were unsuccessful.

73 years later, Donald Trump brings the issue back to the table. He wants to make a deal with Denmark at all costs. He describes this deal as a major real estate transaction. Moreover, the American President does not consider Greenland as an extension of the Danish kingdom, but an Arctic possession, to which a real estate transaction could easily be concluded.

The acquisition of land by the U.S. was always a fact

The map of Louisiana, that The U.S bougt From France on 1803/Image from wikimedia.org
The map of Louisiana that shared the U.S. Territory in both before 1803, date of the purchase of this land by the U.S from France.

In fact, the United States has always used its strength to conquer territories. When they are not at war for their territorial conquests, they buy them. As a result, the United States is the 3rd largest country in the world after Russia in Canada. With regard to the purchase of territories, the United States has made major purchases in its history. These acquisitions changed the destiny of the American nation.

First of all, the United States purchased Louisiana from France in 1803. It was a vast territory of 828,000 sq. m. mi. It was a French possession. It divided the current United States in two and extended from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Today, 14 American states have found themselves on this former territory of the Kingdom of France. This land acquisition allowed President Thomas Jefferson to double the size of his country.

Then the United States bought the Republic of West Florida from Spain in 1810, following a territorial dispute between the United States and Spain, after Napoleon Bonaparte sold Louisiana to the Americans. Later, with the Adams-Onis Treaty, Spain definitively ceded Florida s peninsula to the Americans in 1819.

 Lastly, President Andrew Johnson has obtained the purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. By the fact, the United States has become a member of the much-closed circle of Arctic countries. In the event of a Greenland’s purchase, the United States’ position would have been strengthened in the far north.

Any fact considered that there is jurisprudence, between the United States and Denmark related to the transfer of Territory. Exactly 103 years ago the Danish crown sold its Caribbean islands to the United States.

On August 4, 1916, the two countries signed an agreement to transfer the Virgin Islands in the Danish West Indies from Denmark to the US. Thus Donald Trump thinks Danish prime minister is nasty about his willing of Greenland’s purchase when she declared his proposal is absurd.