American Imperialism Essay

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American Imperialism



The United States became an imperialist nation at the end of the 19th century because
Americans wanted to expand over seas with their belief in manifest destiny. The three
factors that started American imperialism were political and military competition
including the creation of a strong naval force, economic competition among industrial
nations and a belief in the racial and cultural superiority of people of Anglo-Saxon
decent.


The Spanish American War marked the emergence of the United States as a world power. This
brief war lasted less than four months from April 25 to August 12, 1898. A number of
factors contributed to the United States decision to go to war against Spain. These
included the Cuban struggle for independence, American imperialism and the sinking of the
United States warship “Maine”. As a result of the war Spain ceded Guam, Puerto
Rico, and the Philippines to the United States. The United States in turn, paid Spain
$20,000,000 for public property in the Philippine Islands.


The United States gained colonies on both sides of the Pacific including Hawaii. On August
12, 1898 Congress took control and proclaimed Hawaii American territory, and issued the
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