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US Involvement in Asia While in today’s increasingly shrinking world, it is hard to imagine a portion of the planet that has yet to be touched, either financially or culturally by western civilization. The converse also holds true for the eastern world, but as of the middle of the 19 th century, Asia was largely untouched by the western world. This is not to say that Asia did not exist prior to western “re- discovery”, on the contrary in fact: Asian history extends well beyond that of many western civilizations. As the United States reached the extent of their domestic borders, they began to pay great attention to the Asian continent, for reasons both financially and culturally motivated. While the United States was motivated by its own self interests, its dealings with the Asian world ultimately benefitted both parties. Prior to 1865, the United States was still a fledgling country attempting to secure basic needs such as protection, trade and financial stability. Recovering from a divisive civil war, the country was not yet assured of its forthcoming dominance. The US had recently acquired Alaska, completing its domestic expansion, and had no more frontier to expand into. This completion of John Sullivan’s manifest destiny had only one conclusion: move beyond the Pacific Coast. The Asian continent had untold riches and resources waiting to be tapped, not to mention a large potential trade ally. Additionally, the United States was very determined to increase its visibility and impact in the world, and conquering Asia would be the perfect solution. Yet, not all
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Americans were convinced that entering the world stage was the best option. George Washington explained in his farewell address, Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially
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