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A Discussion On US Foreign Policy And Expansionism

By the beginning of the 20th century the U.S. began to expand its involvement in world affairs. Goldman et. al (2010) states this reflected a traditional but often misguided sense of humanitarianism and mission toward U.S. concepts.

Discuss the reasons behind the new expansionism that characterized US foreign policy in the 1890s?

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America was a late arrival at the imperialist table. While Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Japan carved up much of Asia and Africa the United States remained on the sidelines.

America had something the other imperialistic nations did not and that was a vast, largely unexplored region within its own national boundaries.

In a series of very successful land purchases, war settlements and annexations the United States became a continental power.

Beginning with the Northwest Ordinance in 1787 then continuing with the largest real estate deal in history in the 1803 Louisiana Purchase the US gradually jumped by huge tracts of land. The annexation of Texas in 1845, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 that gave the US California, Arizona and New Mexico and finally the Gadsden Purchase created the present boundaries of the contiguous states. Alaska was added in 1867 and the United States became the third largest nation on earth after Russia and Alaska. They would eventually drop to fourth behind China when the Chinese themselves became ...

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America was a late arrival at the imperialist table. While Britain, France, Belgium, Germany and Japan carved up much of Asia and Africa the United States remained on the sidelines.

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