Spanish American Imperialism

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The era of imperialism is the period after the civil war. After the civil war, America wanted to expand its territory, power, international influence, and trade. The period of expansion for the U.S. is called the era of imperialism. Imperialism is the policy of of powerful nations or countries looking to control the economic and political affairs of weaker nations. The Spanish-American war played a huge role in American Imperialism. The Panama Canal also played a role. There were also many positives and negatives results of American Imperialism. The Spanish-American war was between the United States and Spain. The Cuban people began to rebel against Spanish rule. The U.S. saw that the Cubans needed help. America then decided to intervene. The Spanish-American War lasted only four months. The battle took place all the way from the Caribbean to the coast of Southeast Asia. President Roosevelt assembled the Rough Riders which helped America gain control of the San Juan Heights. This control …show more content…

One positive was that they had coast to coast expansion. There were many people in the U.S. so since they had expanded so much, they had more land for farming and civilization. A second positive to American Imperialism is that the U.S. had a much better economy. The more land they had, the more they could industrialize. Which meant more businesses. The more businesses they had, the more jobs they had. The more jobs they had, the more money each family had allowing them to pay for more goods and keeping the cycle going. There were also cons which came with American Imperialism. One con was that the U.S. needed to be very defensive. They needed a lot of people to join the military. This also meant that the U.S. had to pay a lot of money for military weapons, ships, and protection. Another con is that many nations didn’t want to fight or give up their territory. This made it harder to make compromises with

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