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The Growth of American Imperialism in the 19th Century

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Until the late 1800s, the United States was a mostly isolationist nation. This was mostly due to internal problems, which forced the nation to focus on itself, and not have the time to worry about any foreign affairs. The first act that went against these ways was the Monroe Doctrine, a document which declared any attempt to colonize or invade any country in the Americas would be taken as an act of aggression towards the United States. This led to several conflicts between the U.S., other countries of the Americas, and other powers of Europe and Asia. The U.S. was short to discuss issues concerning the Americas, and quick to use their new found power and sway over the other countries of the World. ...read more.


The Monroe Doctrine was a document whose purpose was to protect the countries of South America. It said that any attempt to colonize or invade a South American country would be taken as a direct threat against the U.S. Basically trying to assert it's dominance over the region, using it's newfound power and influence over the other countries of the world. The Monroe Doctrine eventually led to a large, direct conflict with Spain in Cuba. Spain controlled Cuba, and continued to raise revenues. At a certain point, Cuban citizens had enough and there was an open revolt against Spain. The Spanish militarily put down the rebellion, and dominated them, much like Stalin tried to do in Eastern Europe. ...read more.


The U.S. soon began to control sugar plantations. When Queen Liliuokalani opposed U.S. control, the U.S. replaced the tariffs that it had lifted. As the Hawaiian economy began to fail, the plantation owners began to take power and were able to remove the Queen from power. Hawaii applied for annexation and was approved in 1898. From these things we can see how and why the U.S. was viewed as imperialistic during the late 1800s. It all started with the Monroe Doctrine. The Monroe Doctrine led to the conflict with Spain over Cuba, and the Spanish-American War. This resulted in the domination and annexation of Hawaii. Thus, Roosevelt's quote is shown to be exemplified by the late 19th century United States. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sean McDonald Unit 2 Paper: African Proverb ...read more.

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