American Imperialism

Events

Alaska Purchase 1867

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

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

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

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

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

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

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