Overseas Expansion (1865-1917)

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Matthew Perry sails into Tokyo Bay

1853

Japan signs Treaty of Kanagawa

1854

Japan ends 675-year shogun rule

1867

William Seward signs treaty to buy Alaska

1867

Suez Canal comes under British control

1875

Vietnam becomes French protectorate

1883

Pan-American Union established

1889

American planters overthrow Queen Liliuokalani

1893

Jose Marti leads revolt in Cuba

1895

William McKinley becomes president

1897

The Maine explodes; the Spanish American War takes place

1898

U.S., Britain, and Germany divide Samoa

1899

Hawaii becomes a U.S. territory

1900

Foraker Act sets up new government in Puerto Rico

1900

The Great White Fleet begins its voyage

1907

British from Union of South Africa

1910

Quin dynasty overthrown in China

1911