American Imperialism Research Study

Topics: United States, Spanish–American War, American Empire Pages: 6 (1426 words) Published: October 17, 2012
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Appendix A

American Imperialism

Part 1

Complete the chart by identifying the following:

• Identify the countries or areas where the United States engaged in imperialistic actions during the period from about 1870 to 1914. • Discuss why each area was important to American empire building—political, economic, and social. • Explain America’s expansionist ideals. What were some factors that justified American imperialist actions? • Identify the current political status of these places in relation to the United States.

Age of Imperialism: 1870 to 1914

|Place |Why was there interest? |U.S. actions |Status today | |EXAMPLE: |The U.S. government wanted the British out of |The United States purchased the Alaska territory |Alaska is a state. | |Alaska |North America. |from Russia. | | | | |The U.S. Signed peace treaties with China to |Trade between China and the U.S. continues | |China |The U.S. government wanted to increase |open several ports. |today. | | |commercial ties further into Asia. | | | | | |The U.S. claimed small islands across the Pacific|Samoa is called American Samoa today. | |Samoa | |Ocean. Later a treaty was signed giving America | | | |The U.S. wanted to create a permanent foothold|protection over the eastern islands. | | | |in the Pacific. Especially, the Samoan | | | | |Islands in the Pacific. | | | |Hawai’i |The U.S. wanted to further expand into the |The U.S. signed a trade agreement with Hawai’i. |Hawai’i is a state today. | | |Pacific. | | | | | | | | |Japan | | The U.S. placed the Navy at Japans ports in |Japan and America continue to trade today. | | |The U.S. wanted to increase trade with Japan. |order for ports to be opened for trade. | | | | | | | |...
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