Chapter 4 US Foreign Policy

Chapter 4 US Foreign Policy - Chapter 4: US Foreign Policy...

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US expansion greatly declined after the war with mexico Expansionists still wished to further expand The debates over slavery in new territory drew the nation toward civil war Due to internal conflict, the us was not united enough to adequately face foreign affairs General lopez attacked cuba discreetly backed by slavery supporters in new orleans Wanted to annex cuba to the united states Us had to pay damages to spain after cuban conflict with lopez Cuba was too close to the us to escape expansionist desires Spain once called cuba the ever faithful isle because it never revolted during the violent early 19th century After cuba was opened for trade, its alliance with spain was shortly replaced by its trading alliance with us The wealthy in cuba constantly fought for an alliance with america because they would profit from it Polk considered buying cuba from spain for 100 million, but spain refused and france and britain threatened to block them if us did In 1852, britain and france asked the us to sign a three power treaty stating that none of them would attempt to obtain the island In february 1851, a ship was seized in havana for supposedly violating port regulations A revolution was feared in cuba so new president pierce instructed his minister to spain to offer to purchase cuba for 130 million or less The plan was to offer 120 million to spain and if it was not accepted to force cuba from
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