Today I learned about another important event that took place in 1912, the year that Abdu'l-Baha was in the United States. That event focused on Spitsbergen, an island in the Arctic Ocean. During the year of 1912 representatives from a number of different countries signed a treaty. They agreed to give sovereignty over Spitsbergen to no one nation. The treaty they signed made the resources of that isand open to all nations.
I find it interesting that this treaty was signed while Abdu'l-Baha was traveling across the United States, and advocating for world unity.