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FC: Imperialism in the United States

1: Imperialism Imperialism is defined as the policy of extending a nation's authority by territorial acquisition or by the establishment of economic and policy hegemony over other nations

2: Spanish-American War The Spanish-American war is the war that began in April 1898. It caused Spain to lose its control over Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Pacific islands. It ended when the Treaty of Paris was signed in December of that same year. Panama Canal The Panama Canal was started in 1878 by Ferdinand de Lesseps. The canal was dug across isthmus of Panama. It took 9 years and many casualties to build.

3: Open Door policy President McKineley wanted to create an "open door" that would allow all trading nations to access Chinese market. It called for the establishment of equal trading rights. Boxer Rebellion The Boxers were members of a secret society called the Fists of Righteous Harmony. They were called "Boxers" because they knew martial arts. They thought that they had magical powers and that foreign bullets could not harm them.

4: Spanish American Significance The Spanish-American war gave America more territories to expand their trade horizons by giving them a foothold in the pacific and greater access to raw materials like sugar. The war also allowed to expand its naval power and established America as a world power

5: Panama Canal Significance It was significant because it made goods much easier to transport across the US to the west coast, making it a much quicker route than going all the way around South America to get to the other side of the continent. | Open Door Significance This was significant because it put all of the imperial nations on equal footing and minimized the power of those nations with existing spheres of influence.

6: Boxer Significance The boxer rebellion was significant because it showed how determined the Boxers were, and it ended the Ch'ing Dnyasty forever.

8: Roosevelt believed in the "Big Stick" policy which he got from an African proverb saying to "speak softly and carry a big stick". Roosevelt mediated disputes between other countries to keep peace but also to protect American interests that were in jeopardy.

9: William Taft preferred to use money as leverage in foreign affairs compared to Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy. Taft thought he could convince smaller, under-developed countries to support the United States by investing American money into their economies. His policy was called "Dollar Diplomacy".

10: Imperialism We are for imperialism because it appealed to the American public sense of national pride and honor in their country. It is good from a business perspective because there are many opportunities for profit and it gives America possession of other countries. This gives us more materials and more of a variety, and we help the poor people of underdeveloped countries.

11: Sources http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h908.html http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/fists.html http://www.smplanet.com/imperialism/joining.html

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