The Lion and the Mouse: The Story of America and Bermuda

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The Lion and the Mouse: The Story of America and Bermuda, narrated by Michael Douglas, is a series of three hour-long documentary films that tell the story of Bermuda's role in American history, and the conflicts and characters that shaped the relationship between the little Atlantic island and the great nation that dates back four centuries.Bermuda found itself caught up on both sides in a succession of wars between the continents. Isolated by location, the island reinvented itself, adapted, and prospered in a changing Atlantic world, from saving the colonists of Jamestown, to smuggling gunpowder stolen from the British armory on the island to George Washington's revolutionary army, to launching the fleet that burned Washington, DC in the War of 1812, to running the Union blockade in the Civil War, or on the other side, as soldiers fighting for "Glory."Right or wrong Bermuda has played an instrumental role in the history of America, continuing through two World Wars and the Cold War, as Bermuda evolved from a center of counter espionage, to the frontline of U.S. coastal defense. From its central location in the Atlantic, Bermuda became a strategic lynchpin for the United States. The island overcame insignificance in size, and maximized its strategic mid-Atlantic location for both military and trade pursuits. Bermuda became the place that U.S. President William Howard Taft was to immortalize in his now famous words, "Never in global history has such a small country played such a large role in International Affairs." The moral of the story is that "Little friends can make great friends."moreless

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