American Imperialism Paper

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American Imperialism

American Imperialism has been a part of United States history ever since the American
Revolution. Imperialism is practice by which powerful nations or people seek to expand and
maintain control or influence over weaker nations or peoples. Throughout the years there
has been many instances where the Americans have taken over other people countries, almost
every time we go into we have taken over a new piece of land. The Americas first taste of
imperialism came about five hundred years ago when Columbus came to America. We fought the
pleasant inhabitants and then took over their land making them slaves. Americans over the
years have been known to become almost selfish, no matter how much we have we will never
be happy until we control the free world.

"The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 defined United States foreign policy in the Americas for the
rest of the 19th century and beyond. It declared that the United States had an interest in
the Western Hemisphere and the European powers must not meddle in the affairs of any
developing nations there. The United States was a young nation in 1823 and did not really
have to powers to back up the Monroe Doctrine. However, the policy was used to justify the
sending of the U.S. troops into Mexico in 1866 (to intimidate the French) and the
purchased of Alaska in 1867". Another case of Imperialism was the United States industrial
economy was growing so fast that they were producing more goods than they could consume.
The over abundance of industrial goods led the United States to look for new markets. Next
came the Spanish-American War, which started with the Americans not liked the way that the
Spaniards were treated the Cubans. After this an U.S. battleship (Maine) was docked
outside of Havana (Cuba's Capital) and all of a sudden exploded from under the sea. At the
time no one actually knew the real reason why the ship exploded but many Americans thought
that it was the Spaniards. 266 officers and men were lost in the explosion. William
McKinley (U.S. President 1897-1901) went to congress and asked for permission to send
troops to help stop the fighting in Cuba. After a couple of days he was given permission
which shortly led to war. Spain declared war on the United States on April 24th followed
by an U.S. declaration of war on the 25th. This war was no contest for the Americans; they
easily defeated the Spanish troops. Led by Gen. William Shafter (and including Theodore
Roosevelt and his 1st Volunteer Calvary, the "Rough Riders"). The Rough Riders were
National Guard infantry regiments and a regiment of volunteer cavalry. They played a very
important role in the defeat of the Spanish Army. The war only lasted about four months
and the Americans easily won. The Treaty of Paris (signed Dec. 10, 1898), Spain lost Cuba,
Guam, and Puerto Rico to the U.S., and also the United States gained control of the
Philippines. This was a major turning point in the history of both countries. Spain was
able to concentrate on their problems within the country and not about over seas, while
the Americans were becoming a very powerful country expanding its property. There was a
lot of talk about "Manifest Destiny", and many people suggested that America should assume
its role as a world power.

"Manifest Destiny, jingoistic tenet holding that territorial expansion of the Unites
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