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American Imperialism

Part 1

Complete the chart by identifying the following:

• Identify the countries or areas where the United States engaged in imperialistic actions during the period from about 1870 to 1914. (Michele Stafford)
• Discuss why each area was important to American empire building (political, economic, and social). - KRISTY
• Explain America’s expansionist ideals. What were some of the factors that justified American imperialist actions?
• Identify the current political status of these places in relation to the United States.

Age of Imperialism: 1870 to 1914

Place
(Michele Stafford) Why was there interest?
(KRISTY) U.S. actions Status today
Samoa
America was interested in the small islands located across the Pacific. A territory of the United States/
Of American Samoa. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1842.htm Hawaii Expanding the American forces using the Island as a naval base, and entering the sugar can market allowing for the product to exported making a big profit.

Small amount of white sugar planters revolted on 1893 with America’s military that would assist. August 18, 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the Union. Hawaii is a state. http://www.hawaii-nation.org/statehood.html Latin-America
America wanted to take over the control of the outside business being conducted. America wanted to succeed in opening new businesses in and out of Latin America Many challenges remain, but Latin America has changed forever. Most important: citizens believe it, too. United States is changing toward Latin America. http://www.cfr.org/mexico/us-latin-america-relations/p16279 Cuba
Defeating the Spanish Army within the country and make Cuba a place where America could once again expanding where they can potential set up military forces and conduct business. At the present…...

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