British Imperialism And American Progress By John Gast

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Through expansion and imperialism, the west had begun to dominate the world. The British imperialism spread into American culture even after the Revolution. The painting “American Progress” by John Gast shows imperialism in America as the American’s began to expand west. The painting is also relevant to the expansion of Britain in the Eastern world. Both American imperialism and British imperialism did whatever it took right or wrong to expand and grow. The expansion was not only of land but also the spread of beliefs and religious views. John Gast’s painting “American Progress” shows a woman with the Star of Empire on her head as she begins to head west of the Mississippi. The woman floats above the American imperialist as they are taking…show more content…
They built the East Indian Company. The East Indian Company created a charter and a monopoly in the trade industry. In 1615 the company began in Surat on the northwest coast of India. In 1634 the emperor of India allowed trade to expand to Bengal in the northeast. The major trades that Britain wanted were silk, tea, and manufactured textiles. In 1711 the company began a trade post in southern China for silver and tea after the Mughal Empire began to fall. The company had trouble trading with the Qing and Britain was not making much of a profit. The East Indian Company created a monopoly on opium in Bengal. The British would smuggle the opium into China causing them to become addicted to opium to make a large profit of tea off of the Chinese. Qing banned the import of Opium, but it was ineffective. The British used the opium to develop an empire on trade. The Chinese saw the western people to be barbarians. They had many inventions that made them superior to the west. Until the industrial revolution where the British developed the steam engine in which they could travel and transport goods much faster than…show more content…
The Americans’ used these beliefs to take over the land in the Western Hemisphere. The Americans’ treated the Native Americans much in a way the British treated the Chinese. In John Gast’s painting “American Progress” it shows how the American’s began to push west and drive the Native Americans and the animals of the western part of the country into a storm, which I think represents despair and destruction. The Americans expanded to the south and into the eastern world. To the south they took land from Mexico in the Mexican-American War. They also spread into the Philippines and Hawaii. Both Britain and America believed in spreading the Anglo-Saxon decency. In Conrad’s novel The Heart of Darkness he argues that madness is a result of imperialism. I would agree with Conrad because once these powers began to rise they would do anything to be the best. They did not care about the wars they started, but what was important to them was global expansion of the way they thought the world should
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