American Imperialism


Alaska Purchase 1867


What: This purchase marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade to the Pacific coast of North America. Why: Russia believed selling Alaska would off-set the designs with Great Britain. How: Sold to the U.S. for $7.2 million

Venezuela Dispute 1895


What: a boundary dispute between Venezuela and Britain. Why: Venezuela claimed that Britain was enroaching on Venezuela's soil. How: the clashing of opinions between Venezuela and Britain.

Hawaii Annexed 1898


What: The U.S. passing a treaty making the Hawaiian Islands officially apart of the U.S. Why: When the U.S.S Maine was exploded the Spanish-American War began; therefore, the U.S. needed a Pacific fueling location. How- President Benjamin Harrison submitted the treaty for the Hawaiian Islands to be annexed.

Sinking of the Maine- 1898

February 15, 1898

What: The Maine was suddenly blown up at the anchor in Havana Harbor on the night of February 15th, 1898. Why: No one knows exactly why, but the consequence was the Spanish- American War. How: Apparently by a mine

Spanish-American War 1898

April 25th, 1898

What: War between Spain and the U.S. Why: After the Sinking of the Maine of February 15th, 1898 in Havana Harbor. How: The U.S. declared War

Philippines Intervention 1899


What: War between the First Philippine Republic and the U.S. Why: Americans and the Filipinos disagreed on Philippine becoming under the rule of the U.S. How: Under the Rule of Emilio Aguinaldo fighting broke out between the Filipino nationalists and American forces just two days before the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty.

Boxer Rebellion 1900


What: A Chinese secret organization called the Society of the Righteous and Harmonized Fists. Why: Westerners intruding, and the weakness of the Qing Dynasty. How: Under the Society of Righteous and Harmonized Fists.

Drago Doctrine 1907


What: International law that rejects the right of a country to use force against another country to collect debts. Why: It was the response to the actions of Britain, Germnay, and Italy who had blockaded and shelled ports in response to Venezuela's massive debt. How: Acquired under president Cipriano Castro.

Panama Canal 1914


What: A 48-mile canal in Panama that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Why: To shorten the distance that ships had to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. How: The instruction of President Theodore Roosevelt