Assignment 3.docx - Heather Orlosky Assignment 3 1 How did each of the following contribute to the creation of imperialism during the 19 th century

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Heather Orlosky Assignment 3 1. How did each of the following contribute to the creation of imperialism during the 19 th century: Opium Wars? Leopold II? Congress of Berlin (1884)? The conflict between China and Britain contributed to the creation and spread of imperialism through the Opium Wars. The rising tension was caused by the drug trade when the Chinese emperor banned opium imports in hopes to rid China of the highly addictive drug. Europeans disagreed with the ban and stated that they could trade with whomever they wanted. This led to several wars in which Britain secured new trading privileges, ports, and other economic opportunities in China for Britain. Chinese rebels challenged the emperor’s authority that led to major conflict within the heart of China. This disastrous conflict led to European countries being able to directly control trade in China. Before the 1870s, the inland of Africa had been untouched by Europeans. However, King Leopold II financed European colonizers such as Henry Stanley to uncover new untouched territory. A new commercial company was created called the International Association for the Exploration and Civilization of the Congo. This led to the start of treaties with local elites and opened up the Congo River to commercialization of new resources. The Congress of Berlin in 1884 was assembled to settle who would control the Congo River basin. The conference set new rules for imperial expansion. Britain, France, and Germany joined forces and the Congo was open to free trade and commerce. However, the Congo Free State was still under control of Leopold II and was able to be exploited by many European corporations. African land and its people were still being exploited through poor work conditions, and the extraction of valuable resources such as rubber, palm oil, diamonds, and cocoa. (Word count-268) 2. What was the Monroe Doctrine? How did the United States use the Spanish American War as an opportunity to expand its influence in the world? The Monroe Doctrine was a declaration that the United States would no longer tolerate or allow any further colonization or interference from European powers, and any act that was considered a violation, it would be considered a hostile act. The Spanish American War helped set the stage to bring the United States as a world power. After the Spanish American War, when Spain was defeated by the United States a series of events helped to expand the U.S sphere of influence. There was the annexation of Puerto Rico, control over Cuba and the Philippines. One of the most significant events was the establishment of the Panama Canal. It gave the United States dominance over water ways in both the Western Hemisphere and east Pacific. (Word Count-124) 3. How was the European balance of power affected by the Crimean War (1854)? The Franco-Prussian War?

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