Imperialism Essay- Sam Anderson

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Anderson 1 Sam Anderson Mr. Sorensen U.S History 2 1-2 B 10-26-16 Imperialism Essay U.S foreign policy has contributed to imperialism in the late 1800s and early 1900s in many ways. What is Imperialism? It is a policy of extending a country's power and influence through diplomacy or military force. The U.S did this through Expansion into the Pacific, the Spanish American War, and the Panama Canal. Power is something that everyone strives for; the more power, the better. In the earliest days of the Republic, Americans began looking overseas for new markets in order to obtain this increase in power and influence. Naturally, they looked towards the Pacific (pg 493). The text book tells us that this, “… desire for new markets led to trade with Japan and the annexation of Hawaii.” American business leaders looked to the Pacific because of the belief that the U.S would benefit from trade with countries like Japan and China. We see imperialism coming in to play when on July 8, 1853, four American warships entered Tokyo Bay (pg 493). This act
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