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1 SS.912.A.4.1 Analyze the major factors that drove United States imperialism.

2   Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Influence of Sea Power upon History, (1890)  Thesis: Control of the sea was the key to world dominance and empire.  U.S. should build large navy and build defensive bases and refueling stations strategically placed on world’s oceans.  Take Hawaii and other Pacific islands.  Josiah Strong: Our Country  Advocated superiority of Anglo-Saxon civilization  Urged Americans spread religion and democratic values to “backward” peoples. SS.912.A.4.1 Analyze the major factors that drove United States imperialism.

3   Direct Cause of Spanish-American war  USA sent a ship to support and protect Americans in danger in Cuba  Explosion of the USS Maine-1898  266 soldiers dead  Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain! SS.912.A.4.3 Examine causes, course, and consequences of the Spanish-American War.

4   Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hurst  Used their positions as journalists to support the concept of war  Hearst sent artist Frederic Remington to Cuba to draw sketches.  “Your furnish the pictures, I’ll furnish the war.” Yellow Journalism

5   USA much weaker than Spain militarily  Theodore Roosevelt and the “Rough Riders” led the army on the Ground in Cuba  US navy completely destroyed the Spanish fleet  Teller Amendment-assured the world that Cuba would be returned to its people after the war Course of Spanish American War

6   When fighting began the US sent ships to attack Spain’s Philippine holdings  US destroyed 10 Spanish ships and killed or wounded 400 Spainards in the Philippines Spanish American war in the Philippines

7   The United States increased their policy of Imperialism after the Spanish American War.  Annexation of Hawaii (July 1898)  U.S. used the pretense of needing Hawaii as military naval base.  Annexation of Hawaii was rushed through Congress and approved by President McKinley  Hawaiians granted U.S. citizenship and received full territorial status in  U.S. Army invaded Puerto Rico  U.S. sought to take the island before the war with Spain ended.  Most of population regarded U.S. soldiers as liberating heroes.  Spain signed an Armistice on August 12,  SS.912.A.4.2 Explain the motives of the United States’ acquisition of the territories.

8   Treaty of Paris, 1898  Cuba freed from Spain  U.S. received Pacific island of Guam which they had captured early in the war.  U.S. gained Puerto Rico. Treaty of Paris

9   Anti-Imperialist League  Williams Jennings Bryan (Democrat)  Feared lower wages for immigrants, factories relocating overseas  Did not want to increase size of military because it would increase taxes  Platt Amendment  Changed the Teller Amendment to give the US the ability to reinvade Cuba if neccessary Imperialism Debate

10   Filipinos assumed they would be granted freedom after the war, like the Cubans.  Open rebellion began Feb. 1899; Emilio Aguinaldo declared Philippines independent.  More savage fighting and resulted in more casualties than Spanish American War.  Filipino armies fled to the jungle where they waged vicious guerrilla warfare.  Insurrection finally broken in 1901 when Aguinaldo was captured. Insurrection in the Philippines

11   Open Door Policy-Agreement between the western countries granting equal rights to trading ports in China  Written by the United States  Increased the US presence in Asia  Boxer Rebellion-Chinese uprising put down by Japan, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and US troops. China

12   Theodore Roosevelt- “Big Stick Policy”  Panama Canal- United States helped Panama fight off Columbian rulers  Took Control of Panama and built the Canal to improve shipping and naval efficiency  Disease and death plagued construction SS.912.A.4.4 Analyze the economic, military, and security motivations of the United States to complete the Panama Canal as well as major obstacles involved in its construction.

13   China -- Manchurian Railroad Scheme  1909, Taft proposed that a group of U.S. and foreign bankers buy the railroads and turn them over to China.  Japan and Russia refused to give up important railroads.  President Taft showered in ridicule.  Caribbean  Taft urged Wall Street bankers to loan money to Honduras and Haiti to keep out foreign funds.  Ultimately, U.S. sent forces to Cuba, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua to keep control and order. Dollar Diplomacy

14   Latin America and the Caribbean  Kept Marines in Nicaragua making that country, in effect, a U.S. protectorate.  U.S. forces sent to Haiti in when Haitian president torn to pieces.  1916, U.S. Marines sent to Dominican Republic when riots and civil war broke out.  1917, U.S. purchased Virgin Islands from Denmark Missionary Diplomacy


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