Imperialism Dbq

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Imperialism DBQ
The late nineteenth century and early twentieth century United States expansionism was a continuation of past United States expansionism in the way that we would have the power to take over indigenous people’s land and were willing to sacrifice their lives but the United States was still not willing to grant the indigenous people citizenship. This new expansionism was also a departure from the old expansionism in that the United States began to expand, not within its homeland for personal reasons, but on an international scale. The United States risked so much to gain these small islands and other countries during the age of Imperialism. Ever since the Spanish-American war, it could be seen that the United States would become a global superpower and would focus on other countries instead of focusing on its previous internal affairs in 1848-1898.

Before the late nineteenth century expansion, the United States was focused on manifest destiny, that is, from sea to shining sea. The United States was based upon the Monroe Doctrine, which said that all in the Americas could not be claimed by the Europeans. From 1826 on, the whole purpose of the United States’ expansion was to internally expand and to strengthen the country within. Many people moved west in search for gold, a new start, and better, cheaper land. The government was selling land at the lowest prices, especially because of the Homestead Act, the Timber and Stone Act, and the desert land act. One main problem of the internal expansion was the Indian population. The Americans took care of the Indians in a series of wars known as the Plains Indian Wars. The conflict finally ended in 1886 when Geronimo surrendered and Skeleton Canyon.

The new American expansion was the same as the old expansion in that the United States was trying to take land that was not theirs. They begin by expanding into Hawaii and declaring Hawaii as a naval base of the United States. A difference...
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