Imperialism Essay

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The 19th century set the stage for different policies that lead to the extending of America’s power, which is defined as imperialism. Imperialism started for different reasons like the Americans wanting the U.S. to expand or explore the unknown land, or even some feared existing resources in U.S. might eventually dry up. The reason imperialism started doesn’t really matter, but more of what it caused. Imperialism lead to Cuban assistance, the addition of Hawaii and Alaska to America, and Yellow Journalism.
Beginning in 1492, Spain had been the first European nation to sail westward across the Atlantic Ocean and colonize the Amerindian nations of the Western Hemisphere. The empire that came from this exploration extended from Virginia on the
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towards Spain on April 25, 1898. On the day war was declared, Spain issued that the United States add the Teller Amendment, which declared, "the right to intervene for the preservation of Cuban independence, the maintenance of a government adequate for the protection of life, property, and individual liberty..." (Teller Amendment). The actual fighting began on May 1, in the Philippines Islands at the Battle of Manila Bay where Commodore George Dewey reportedly said, "You may fire when ready, Gridley," and the Spanish fleet under Rear Admiral Patricio Montojo was…show more content…
The territory finally became a state in 1959, just ahead of Hawaii. Now, Hawaii is an archipelago, a chain of islands, located in the Central Pacific. Unlike Alaska, annexing Hawaii was due to United States imperialism. Around the middle 1800s, American began to migrate to the islands of Hawaii to start businesses, especially with sugarcane and pineapple. At that time, the islands were ruled by Queen Liliuokalani in a monarchy.
In 1893, wealthy foreign businessmen, mostly American planters who were growing sugarcane and pineapple in Hawaii, tried and succeeded in taking over the government and overthrowing their queen. These American planters wanted the United States to annex the islands for economic reasons. The Senate had put a treaty under consideration for the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands to the territory of the United States. Under the U.S. Constitution and laws the enlargement of the U.S. limits is a manifestation of the highest attribute of sovereignty. If the annexation was ever entered upon as an Executive act, everything relating to the transaction had to be clear and free from suspicion. Grover Cleveland was president at the time and he opposed of the treaty and annexation , altogether, and would not allow it to continue. Cleveland even had a message accompanying the treaty, which declared that, "...the
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