Expansionism and the Spanish-American War

  • New Imperialism by European powers and the Japan

  • Americans became more aware of themselves being a world power
    • Wanted to influence the Western Hemisphere

    • Wanted to expand trade instead of territories

  • Expansion
    • Alaska
      • Bought for 7.2m dollars in 1967

      • Arguments
        • Manifest destiny

        • Expels one more European nation from North America

        • Possible natural resources

  • Imperialism
    • Philosophies (motivations of imperialism)
      • Protection

      • Paternalism

      • (Military) Power
        • Oversee naval bases

      • Patriotism

      • Prosperity

      • Profit
        • Expanding the market

      • Politics
        • For a president to gain popularity

      • Piety

    • Hawaii
      • Trade with Asia

      • Military bases
        • Pearl Harbor

      • Sugar plantations

      • Missionaries

      • Queen Lil of Hawaii changed the constitution to prevent white minorities from gaining controls. She was overthrown by a bloodless revolution plotted by the Americans.

  • Spanish-American war
    • “Splendid little war” – John Hay

    • 50m dollars sugar plantation in Cuba

    • Munroe Doctrine

    • DeLôme letter
      • Insulted American president by calling him a chocolate bear

      • Published by the yellow press

    • The Teller Amendment
      • To show that Americans had no intention to control Cuba