Laura Curtiss


 British Blockade


    In World War One, the British, or one of the allies, began to make good use of their navy. They decided to set up a blockade against one of their opposing forces and Central Powers, Germany. The British Blockade blocked the German coast. This prevented weapons and other military supplies and food from getting through. Soon, the British expanded the blockade into neutral ports and then they mined the whole North Sea. American ships that were carrying supplies for Germany decided not to challenge the blockade. However, they did think it threatened freedom of the seas and prevented their goods from reaching German ports. Germany was also outraged because they found it hard to import food and fertilizers for crops, so they responded. Germany's response to the British Blockade was a counterblockade by using U-boats. A U-boat was the German word for submarine. Any ship that was around or in British waters would be sunk. On May 7,1915, the British liner Lusitania was sunk by one of Germany's U-boats off the southern coast of Ireland. Of the 1,198 people, 128 were Americans resulting in America's turn and becoming part of the Allies. In conclusion, in 1917, the British Blockade had resulted with famine, and about 750,000 Germans starved to death.






our class textbook (The American's Reconstruction to the 21st Century) on page 378