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American Imperialism

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American Imperialism: Toward Empire (1890-1902) 1. Vocabulary: a. Imperialism – policy of expanding the power, wealth, and territory of a country. Gets a bad name when you do this at the expense of a weaker country/people b. Empire – motherland plus its colonies 2. Pre 1890 vs. post 1890 expansion a. Before 1890 the new land America obtained already bordered America. i. New land was for settlement ii. New land is sparsely settled b. After 1890 the new land America obtained is overseas. i. New land was for military and trade purposes ii. New land is densely settled 3. Factors motivating expansion a. End of the frontier was announced in 1890 b. To help the economy and trade i. New consumers, new producers ii. New islands have new raw materials c. American politicians got caught up in the worldwide scramble for colonies d. Social Darwinism 4. Spanish-American War a. Spain-Cuba problem i. Cuba, which is one of Spain’s last colonies in the new world, is being over taxed. Little autonomy (ability to govern themselves).
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