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United States Foreign Policy In The End Of The 19th Century

720 words - 3 pages

This nation, from its inception had a lust for real estate.
From the original chants of "manifest destiny" to the calls for the
annexation of Indian territories our nation has been driven to acquire
land. In this country's youth land was needed for economic expansion.
However, by the end of the 19th century the entire continental United
States was in our possession and the citizenry of this country turned
their eyes out to sea. the United States no longer sought new lands to
farm and work nor did they need new areas for their geological
resources, the motives had changed. the United States was now driven
by the temptations of world power and political ...view middle of the document...

After, the
United States Navy massacred the meek Spanish Armada and defeated the
Spanish forces at San Juan hill, the little war was over. In the
process the United States acquired the Philippine islands, a strong
voice in Cuban affairs, and most importantly, status. the political
support that McKinley received after the Spanish - American War was
"worth" the loss of a few American lives. In addition the control of
the Philippine islands gave the United States clout in the far east
and a chance to spread the dreams of democracy and Christ. Clearly the
forces working behind the Spanish - American War were far different
then those that led our forces, only a few decades earlier, into the
western frontier.

Once the United States had established it's presence in the
far east it felt obliged to oversee all that went on in the area. So
when Chinese nationalists rebelled against the controlling government,
the United States was most eager to get into the action. At the time
the United States had issued the "Open Door Policy" which called for
the equal financial treatment of all foreign governments. the Boxer
rebellion, as...

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