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FC: American Imperialism: A fun and informative source of knowledge! | By Jack and Kyle | USS MAINE

1: Imperialism: Colonizing a land that doesn't belong to you and making it a territory of your land, or establishing financial (economic) or political dominance over another nation. | Definition | Rough Riders

2: Key Concepts | Spanish American War- A dispute between the Americans (with Cubans) and Spain that started in 1898 and ended the same year with the Treaty of Paris. Mainly caused by the U.S.S. Maine destruction and sugar interests in Cuba. | Panama Canal- A man made canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in Central America. Is a key transportation route for international trade.

3: More Key Concepts | Open door policy- Policy started by the United States that creates equal trading privileges for all countries bartering with China. | Boxer Rebellion- A secret society in China that originally wanted to destroy the Ch'ing Dynasty, but changed their motives to ridding China of foreigners and all foreign influences.

4: Significance of Key Terms Open Door Policy- The policy put all imperial nations on level terms and minimized the power of the nations with a lot of influence. Boxer Rebellion- It shut off other countries from influencing China and led to the formation of the Open Door Policy. Panama Canal- Made imperialism and trading easier between countries because of a pathway between the Americas. Spanish-American War- The victory launched American imperialism, by giving them control of the Philippines and other small countries.

5: Roosevelt was an imperialist: He wanted to take control of nations for economic reasons. He helped form the Open Door Policy, giving the U.S. access to Chinese markets, and also annexed Panama to build the Panama canal. To gain control of countries he used his "Big Stick" policy to bend weaker nations to his will. | William Howard Taft also believed in imperialism but he preferred to use money as leverage. Taft thought that he could convince smaller, developing nations to support the U.S. by investing American money in their economies. The strategy called "Dollar Diplomacy" was supposed to make allies and make money for investors. However, when tested in Manchuria and Latin America countries, his policy failed. | Roosevelt vs. Taft: Foreign Policy | Teddy Roosevelt | William Taft in the Philippines

6: Imperialism-Pros and Cons Pros: Imperialism appeals to the public's sense of national pride and honor. Also, it gives economic opportunities in possessing new land. New territories are a source of natural resources and new markets for goods. Cons: Americans thought that taking over countries would involve the U.S. in more conflicts and wars. Also, controlling another country violates a basic American principle that says that the people of a nation should pick who they are governed by.

7: We are for imperialism. Our country got where it is today through imperialism. Colonization helps the economy and increases moral of the nation. While taking over another nation might not be morally correct, if it is done humanely we think that imperialism should be utilized. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. | Our View on Imperialism

8: Above- Some cartoons depicting imperialism in action. Left- Roosevelt and his "Big Stick" policy

9: Works Cited “American Imperialism and Spanish-American War.” Shmoop. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Nov. 2010. . “Open door Policy, Panama Canal, Boxer Rebellion.” United States History. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Nov. 2010. . “Spanish American War.” Mixbook. N.p., n.d. Web. 9 Nov. 2010. .

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