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2: KEY CONCEPTS | Spanish-American War— a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States caused by the destruction of the USS Maine, treatment of Cuban rebels by Spain, yellow journalism, and US sugar interests. Panama Canal— a ship canal 48 miles long that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.Theodore Roosevelt believed that a U.S.-controlled canal across Central America was a vital strategic interest to the U.S. The U.S. fought with France until it took over the project of the Panama Canal and opened it as the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Open Door Policy— is a concept in foreign affairs, which usually refers to the policy around 1900 allowing multiple Imperial powers access to China, with none of them in control of that country. Boxer Rebellion— was an anti-colonist, anti-Christian movement in China between 1898 and 1901. Took place in response to imperialist expansion into China.

3: IMPORTANCE | 1898 was an important year because we were about to start a new century, but the war was also important because it started towards the United State's goal of global imperialism. The creation of the Panama Canal was important because it gave the U.S. its own canal across Central America--giving the U.S. trade and navy advantages. The Open Door Policy gave the U.S. access to China--a very populated country and a big market. The Boxer Rebellion was a three year rebellion that had a big impact on China and other nations involved.


5: Taft VS Roosevelt | President Taft was a progressive republican, as was President Roosevelt. President Taft was more committed to the expansion of U.S. foreign trade than Roosevelt. He pursued a program, known as "dollar diplomacy". Taft used government officials to promote the sale of American products overseas. In Taft's idea foreign policy, the U.S. military was a tool of economic diplomacy. Roosevelt, on the other hand, was mainly the driving force behind the completion of the Panama Canal; he focused on attaining a U.S.-controlled canal as a strategic move and less on world imperialism.

6: Evaluation: For or Against??? I am against imperialism. I believe all nations should remain neutral in each other's affairs. Expansion leads to war, and war leads to causalities; many lives are lost and no peace is found. Once one country meddles in another country's problems, or causes problems for another country; that is when things become complicated. I am all for nations helping each other out, but I believe that it should only be in aspects like trade. Nations should be capable of trading, buying, and selling from each other fairly and conflict free. But if conflicts arise, nations should focus more on solving the problem or removing the problem instead of picking sides in a war. The world should be able to be in balance, if you do not have something you need there is always a place you can get it from—trade for it, do not fight over it. No one needs control of everything, its unnecessary.

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