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Map 1: The South Pacific in 1942.[Map 1] with link to larger version of map.

The arrows on this map show Japan's campaign to invade South Asia following Pearl Harbor. Guam, Wake Island, the Gilbert Islands, and Hong Kong were captured in December 1941. Singapore and the Solomon Islands were taken in February 1942.


Questions for Map 1

1. Separated from Europe and Asia by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, Americans had always felt safe from enemy attack. How do you think people living on the West Coast of the United States would have felt when they saw maps like this in their newspapers?

2. American and British forces in the South Pacific were not able to stop the Japanese advance until the Battle of Midway in June 1942. How might a major U. S. victory over Japan in January have affected attitudes towards the Japanese living on the West Coast?

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