Aguirre 1 William Aguirre Mr. Kalb APUSH II 3 December 2018 Imperial Force Through Power America, during the 19th century, began looking overseas for new markets as it was becoming a world economic power. America became more aware that their way of life and their civilization was best, so they hoped to spread that around the world. They argued that successful foreign trade relied on access to foreign ports, which would then require overseas colonies that would follow up with a strong naval base. Searching for possible ports like Hawaii, which could be used as a trade route along to Asia was something the United States was looking for. The United States was looking for opportunities to expand their American ideals, and in doing this it sparked a wave of imperialism. During the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, American government strategies in relation to other nations portrayed a very narcissistic and self-absorbed outlook on their own ambitions as they unfolded as a new world power because of the way they used their own countries structural advantages like their military to get away with doing unjust things, the actions they took that benefitted American interest, and Americans own superior view of themselves that furthered selfish policies. American ambition to get access to foreign ports caused for the forceful ways in which they would use their own country’s advantages like their military force. President Cleaveland did not want to intervene in the war between Cuba and Spain, where Spain was taking over Cuba and forcing Cubans into concentration camps. Cleaveland just didn't want this war to continue because it was affecting trade and was damaging their own sugar plantations in the island until William Mckinley stepped in to epitomize the forceful thinking and getting involved in the war.
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