How did the US raise itself to superpower status
The US emerged from the second world war as the most powerful nation on earth, but how did we get there? We sure didn’t start off as a feared or ever respected country. In my paper I will inform you the events that took place, and the role they played in making the US a Superpower. The Thesis of this paper is, how did the US raise itself to be a superpower.
In the early 1900’s, America started expanding to ensure its economic, and military security. Starting with the annexation of Hawaii, giving the US permanent control over Pearl Harbor and the Naval base at Manila. Followed by the US taking control over the Philippines in 1913. Shifting its attention, the US then sought control over Cuba with the Platt Amendment which stated: 1)Cuba would not be permitted to make treaties with foreign powers; 2) The US would have broad authority to intervene in Cuban political and economic affairs; 3) Cuba would sell or lease land to the US for naval stations. The Platte Amendment made Cuba Dependent of trade with the US, between 1898 and 1914 US trade with Cuba increased from $27 million to $300 million, and investments from $50 million to $220 million. Shortly after, Guantanamo Bay was built in Cuba. Peurto Rico also fell under the US control with the Foraker Act in 1901. Secretary John Hay used the “Open Door” policy to open China’s markets to US trade.
Theodore Roosevelt was fully convinced that Americans were superior to the rest of the world, and sought after supremacy in economic and political affairs. He thought that “all great nations ultimately depended on the skill and dedication of their warriors.” He understood however that the US could not rule every portion of the globe through military, and consequently tried for negotiation rather that war. The Roosevelt Corollary declared that the US had a right to intervene in domestic affairs of nations in the western hemisphere. Arguably his biggest achievement...
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