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1 Chapter 20: The United States Looks Overseas Objectives:Describe early attempts by the U.S. to expand in the Pacific.Identify reasons that the U.S. declared war on Spain.Explain why and how the U.S. built the Panama canal.1
2 Opening Japan to TradeFor 250 years, Japan blocked outside trade 1853 – Commodore Matthew Perry sails into Tokyo Bay and presented a letter from POTUS Japan did not have the military to combat Perry’s warships Japan agreed to open trade with U.S. – soon all European nations settled treaties with Japan The Japanese transformed their society within 50 years into a modern, Western nation
3 Seward’s IceboxSecretary of State William H. Seward argued that the nation's strategic interests favored the treaty.Russia was open to the sale of the territory because it needed the money to fund its war with the British.The negotiations concluded at 4 o'clock in the morning of March 30, 1867 with the purchase price set at $7,200,000 (about 1.9¢ per acre).
4 Reaction to Purchase of Alaska Americans saw the purchase as a “folly”Discovery of gold led to many settlersOnce there, they discovered the many natural resources of AlaskaTimberOilFursMinerals
5 The Expansionist MoodIsolationism – avoiding involvement in the affairs of other countriesImperialism – building empires by imposing political and economic control over people around the world.Prior to the 1850’s the United States had been strictly isolationist, but feared that it would be militarily vulnerable if it allowed European nations to continue to colonize the Western Hemisphere.
6 The Turner ThesisBasically this theory states that the only reason the U.S. started to build the empire was because it had “Manifested it’s Destiny”.Other theories for imperialism in the U.S. included a sense of moral obligation to “civilize” the savages of the under developed world and the race for economic influence abroad.
7 Reasons for an American Empire Economic – U.S. produced more than it could buy; new colonies could be markets for American goods to new peoplesMilitary – Europe was carving up Asia and Africa; U.S. shut out of military basesAlfred Thayer Mahan – Naval captain and author who argued that the U.S. needed to expand its navy to become a world powerCultural – spread of American and Christian values (“The White Man’s Burden”)
8 The White Man’s Burden by Rudyard Kipling Take up the White man's burden – Send forth the best ye breed – Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness On fluttered folk and wild – Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half devil and half child
9 Samoa Important re-fueling station between U.S. and Australia Britain and Germany also wanted the islandsAll three nations send warships to area, but typhoon struck disabling most of the fleets1899 – U.S. and Germany divide Samoan islandsSamoa becomes U.S. protectorate
10 Annexing HawaiiIn 1893, Queen Liliuokalani announced plans to establish a new constitution that would restore much of the power back to the monarchy and reduce the influence of outside business owners.On January 14, 1893, a group of American and Europeans formed a Committee of Safety in opposition to the Queen, and seized control of government.United States Government Minister John L. Stevens, responding to a request from the Committee of Safety expressing concern about possible violence directed against American citizens, summoned a company of uniformed U.S. Marines to come ashore to enforce neutrality.President Grover Cleveland established an exploratory commission to research the legality of backing a nongovernmental entity with federal troops. They concluded that the overthrow of Liliuokalani was illegal. The U.S. Government first demanded that Queen Liliuokalani be reinstated, but the Provisional Government refused.
11 Annexing HawaiiWhen William McKinley became president, this issue resurfaced.In June of 1897, McKinley agreed to a treaty of annexation with these representatives of the Republic of Hawaii.On July 7, 1898, by a vote of 42 to 21, the Senate agreed to the annexing Hawaii as a U.S. territory.Though several attempts were made to achieve statehood, Hawaii remained a territory for 60 years.Plantation owners found territorial status convenient, enabling them to continue importing cheap foreign labor.Finally, in March 1959, both houses of Congress passed the Hawaii Admission Act and U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed it into law.
12 An American Empire?Ultimately Spain freed Cuba and granted Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island to the United States. In return, the United States paid Spain $20 million.In 1902 the United States forced the Cubans to adopt the Platt AmendmentBasically stated that the U.S. could have a Naval base in Cuba and limited its the trade and barrowing abilities.The Foraker Act of 1900 set up a limited self-rule system in Puerto Rico. The U.S. would still oversee much of its affairs, but they could make “state level” decisions independently.Because fighting never really stopped in the Philippines, the United States did not make any such concessions with them. The islands remained heavily occupied by American troops until 1946.
13 Carving Up China China lost Opium War to British European powers take advantage of China’s weakness by dividing it into spheres of influenceRegions in China could only trade with one countryExtraterritorial rights within each sphere
14 Open Door Policy U.S. excluded from Chinese trade Secretary of State John Hay issued message to China in other powers in 1899Called on them to keep an “open door” in ChinaGuarentee the rights of all nations to tradeThough many nations agreed in principal, Hay announced the Policy as “done deal”John Hay
15 Boxer RebellionBoxers were anti-foreigner secret society in China (Righteous and Harmonious Fists)In 1900, Boxers began revolt to expel all foreigners in ChinaAttacked and killed Chinese Christians and westernersBurned Christian churches and homes of foreignersTook diplomats hostage in BeijingU.S. and other powers send 18,000 troopsFreed diplomats and crushed rebellionLooted capital and killed thousands of ChineseForced China to pay reparations
16 Revolt in Cuba Cuba had been Spanish colony since days of Columbus Cuba revolted several times, unsuccessfully1895 – Cubans revolt againSpanish commader Valeriano Weyler begins policy of reconcentrationCubans were placed in concentration campsMany died of starvation and diseaseU.S. press revealed harsh conditions to publicU.S. Cubans led by Jose MartiUrged United States to get involved in conflict
17 Revolt in PanamaIn 1903, French canal builders agreed to sell their stake in the bankrupt Panama venture to the United States for $40 million.Colombia, because of its sovereignty over Panama, expected part of the payment, but felt the price was too low.Unwilling to have the sale jeopardized and recognizing Panama’s desire for independence, the United States quietly encouraged Panama to rebel.The ensuing three-day-long revolution, under the watchful eye of two U.S. gunboats, created the Republic of Panama.A few days later, the United States and Panama signed a treaty to build the canal.
19 Fighting DiseaseAs a result of the large number of deaths in the Spanish-American war that were due to Malaria, the American government sponsored the large scale spreading of pesticides around the canal zone.The process used most often was developed by William Gorgas, an American tropical disease expert.By spraying a thin film of oil on the water’s surface, they smothered any mosquito larvae that might be living there.
23 Roosevelt CorollaryOn December 2, 1823, President James Monroe proclaimed that European powers were no longer to colonize or interfere with the affairs of the newly independent nations of the Americas. (Monroe Doctrine)In December 1904 Theodore Roosevelt amended this statement by asserting the right of the United States to intervene to stabilize the economic affairs of other nations within this hemisphere.This would prevent wars close to the United States and discourage countries (especially the Soviet Union) from attempting to colonize a country which could not pay back its debts.
24 Dollar DiplomacyAfter William Howard Taft took over the presidency, he continued to work with other countries in North America to expand relationsThe term dollar diplomacy was coined by President Taft, who claimed that U.S. operations in Latin America went from "warlike and political" to "peaceful and economic".The term is also used historically by Latin Americans to show their disapproval of the role that the U.S. government and U.S. corporations have played in using economic, diplomatic and military power to open up foreign markets.It basically means that anything that brings positive economic change to both the U.S. and other countries of the world is acceptable.