United States becomes an empire

UnitedStates becomes an empire

Theyears preceding 1890, America had no interest in foreign affairs andinternational relations for a variety of reasons. The Americans werenot prepared for an overseas empire. This changed dramatically in the1890. The United States entered into international affairs andinvolved in two major wars as they fought to expand their territory.As the U.S acquired more territorial possession, the presidents beganto play a more significant role in the world.

Doesanything about the story of the United States becoming an empire feelodd? Does it seem somehow to you to be just the natural order ofnations growing larger and stronger?

TheUnited States started to look out of their boundaries. They expandedtheir boundaries and took hold of strategically placed islands ascolonies such as Hawaii and Philippines. The internal civil warsdominated the post-civil wars. They developed the Navy, signedtreaties and fought to extend the empire. The key reason for theexpansion was the need for the expanded market. The territoryboundary stretched towards the Latin America as they conqueredVenezuela and Cuba and towards the Asian continent with Hawaii as astop-over[ CITATION Car13 l 2057 ].

America’sterritorial expansion was an expression of power. The war that gavethe United States overseas possession lifted their position as theworld power. They were convinced to have a unique destiny. In 1895,the Cuban war for independence from the United States and the warwith Spain were major conflicts in this era. The war included theAfrican American soldiers as they resisted segregation. The result ofthese wars the annexation of the Philippines and surrendering of thePuerto Rico and Santiago. The Philippians later reorganized andfought back in a guerrilla war[ CITATION Car13 l 2057 ].The United States craved for more possession and power regardless ofthe relationships between them.


Carol Berkin, Christopher Miller, et al. Making America: A History of the United States, Volume 2: Since 1865, Brief. Boston: Wadsworth, 2013.