Imperialism - American Imperialism By Kelsi Jenna Keely and...

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American ImperialismBy: Kelsi, Jenna, Keely, and Shay
Reasons for Growth of American Imperialism
Reasons for GrowthThere were many reasons for the growth of American imperialism. The four most common reasons were because of the economic toll it took on the people, along with political, religious, and exploratory reasons.Economic:A desire to make money, to expand and control foreign trade, and acquire raw materials and cheap labor.Political:The motives were based on nations desires to gain power, expand territory, and to exercise military forces.Religious: A desire to spread Christianity, to protect European missionaries in other lands, and the European values and moral beliefs.Exploratory: The desire to explore uncharted territory, to conduct scientific research, conduct medical searches for the causes and treatment of diseases.
Reasons for GrowthEconomic interests: Other nations were looking towards other countries for new goods and material. Since they gained lots of wealth from the industrial era, trade and investments through them. Military needs: New and stronger navies were made by the industrialized nations to defend their country. Seeking foreign territory was one of their main goals of accomplishment and takeover.Ideology: There were two popular ideologies. One was a strong sense of nationalism, the other was a feeling of cultural superiority. The scramble for territory:European imperial powers had taken control of large territories of Africa and Asia.
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America’s Acquisition of Alaska
Acquisition of AlaskaThe United States came to an agreement to purchase Alaska from Russia on March 30, 1867 for a price of $7.2 million. The treaty with Russia was discussed and signed by William Seward and Edouard de Stoeckl. It was known as Seward’s Folly. Critics of the deal made an opposition to the purchase of Alaska, with the Klondike Gold Strike in 1896 contributing to the controversy. It gave the US access to many natural resources, like timber and oil.
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America’s Acquisition of Hawaii
Acquisition of HawaiiEarly contact: Britain wanted to take control of Hawaii. Early contact brought in disease and destroyed well over half of the 300,000 population. These early farmers planted tons of sugarcane for profit.Sugar interests gain power: investors in the sugar industry tried to take over the economy and control of hawaii. King Kalakaua negotiated a treaty that would allow sugar into the united states tax free. The treaty gave a huge boost to the sugar industry.

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