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Monroe Doctrine


The Monroe Doctrine was a U.S. policy of opposing European colonialism in the Americas beginning in 1823. It stated that further efforts by European nations to take control of any independent state in North or South America would be viewed as "the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States. At the same time, the doctrine noted that the U.S. would recognize and not interfere with existing European colonies nor meddle in the internal concerns of European countries.

Trail of Tears

1830 - 1840

At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk thousands of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River.

Indian Removal Act


authorizing the president to grant unsettled lands west of the Mississippi in exchange for Indian lands within existing state borders. A few tribes went peacefully, but many resisted the relocation policy.

Manifest Destiny

1840 - 1860

Westward expansion had already been going on for a decades, but the term was coined in the early 1840's. Ended at the start of the US civil war

Treaty of Wangxia


Forcefully opened up china to trade with the world, which resulted in china losing a lot of it's sovereign rights.

James K. Polk's Presidency

1845 - 1849

Mexican American War

1846 - 1848

the war pitted a politically divided and militarily unprepared Mexico against the expansionist-minded administration of U.S. President James K. Polk, who believed the United States had a “manifest destiny” to spread across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. A border skirmish along the Rio Grande started off the fighting and was followed by a series of U.S. victories. When the dust cleared, Mexico had lost about one-third of its territory, including nearly all of present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.

The return of Santa Anna

1846 - 1848

Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna was a mexican general who was also president. He has been exiled multiple times, and during the Mexican-American War, was invited back into Mexico to help battle the Americans.

British/US quarrel over the Oregon line


They fought over the boundary line of the Oregon Territory. The US wanted the 54/40 line while the British called for the 48 line

Commander Perry's first visit to Japan


This visit forcefully opened up the markets, trade, and commerce of Japan to the Western world. it started with the Dutch, but then the US joined in on the fun,

US Civil War

1861 - 1865

French intervention in the US Civil War

1862 - 1867

Maximilian takes control of Mexico

1863 - 1867

In 1863 he accepted the offer of the Mexican throne, falsely believing that the Mexican people had voted him their king; in fact, the offer was the result of a scheme between conservative Mexicans, who wished to overturn the liberal government of President Benito Juárez, and the French emperor Napoleon III, who wanted to collect a debt from Mexico and further his imperialistic ambitions there.

Sand Creek Massacre


a 675-man force of Colorado U.S. Volunteer Cavalry[3] attacked and destroyed a village of Cheyenne and Arapaho in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 70–163 Native Americans, about two-thirds of whom were women and children.

Purchase of Alaska


William Seward purchased Alaska at a bad time, which made it look like a stupid decision which he was ridiculed for (seward's folly), but later on congratulated for the benefits that were found in the territory.

Battle of Little Big Horn


Federal troops led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer against a band of Lakota Sioux and Cheyenne warriors. Tensions between the two groups had been rising since the discovery of gold on Native American lands. When a number of tribes missed a federal deadline to move to reservations, the U.S. Army, including Custer and his 7th Calvary, was dispatched to confront them. Custer was unaware of the number of Indians fighting under the command of Sitting Bull at Little Bighorn, and his forces were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed in what became known as Custer’s Last Stand.

Battle of Wounded Knee


Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota,was the site of two conflicts between North American Indians and representatives of the U.S. government. An 1890 massacre left some 150 Native Americans dead, in what was the final clash between federal troops and the Sioux.

Mahan's Writing


Captain Mahan argued that a decline in worldly naval power and British control of the seas led to the rise of Britain as the world’s dominant military, political, and economic power.

William McKinley's Presidency

1897 - 1901

Spanish-American War


Acquisition of Hawaii


Hawaii became a state in 1959, but they have had a eye on them by the US government since the 1840's sugar trade.

Banana Wars

1898 - 1934

the US was advancing its economic, political, and military interests to maintain its sphere of influence and securing the Panama Canal, which it had recently built to promote global trade and to project its own naval power.

Boxer rebellion

1899 - 1901

Uprising against japanese and western influence and immigration in China.

Open Door Policy

1899 - 1900

aimed to secure international agreement to the U.S. policy of promoting equal opportunity for international trade and commerce in China, and respect for China’s administrative and territorial integrity. British and American policies toward China had long operated under similar principles, but once Hay put them into writing, the “Open Door” became the official U.S. policy towards the Far East in the first half of the 20th century.

US-Philippine war

1899 - 1902

Instead of a change in colonial rulers after Spain ceded from the Philippines, the Filipino people fought back against the US. It resulted in a million casualties for the Filipino, and about 20 thousand for the US.

Theodore Roosevelt's Presidency

1901 - 1909

Building of the Panama Canal

1903 - 1914

President Theodore Roosevelt oversaw the realization of a long-term United States goal—a trans-isthmian canal. Throughout the 1800s, American and British leaders and businessmen wanted to ship goods quickly and cheaply between the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Roosevelt Corollary


stated that the United States would intervene as a last resort to ensure that other nations in the Western Hemisphere fulfilled their obligations to international creditors, and did not violate the rights of the United States or invite “foreign aggression to the detriment of the entire body of American nations.”

Russo- Japanese War

1904 - 1905

fought between the Russian Empire and the Empire of Japan over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea.

Great White Fleet

1907 - 1909

Made a world tour as a show of naval superiority and US goodwill

Taft's Presidency

1909 - 1913

served as 27th president of the United States, and Chief Justice; the only person to ever hold both offices.

Dollar Diplomacy

1909 - 1913

the use of a country's financial power to extend its international influence. (still being used today, but was coined during Taft's presidency)

Mexican Civil War

1910 - 1911

ended dictatorship in Mexico and established a constitutional republic. A number of groups, led by revolutionaries including Francisco Madero, Pascual Orozco, Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata, participated in the long and costly conflict. Though a constitution drafted in 1917 formalized many of the reforms sought by rebel groups, periodic violence continued into the 1930s.

Treaty of commerce and navigation


Chinese Revolution

1911 - 1912

Woodrow Wilson's Presidency

1913 - 1921

World War I

1914 - 1918

Sinking of the Lusitania


Search for Pancho Villa

1916 - 1917

Zimmerman Telegram


Wilson's 14 points


called for the victorious Allies to set unselfish peace terms, including freedom of the seas, the restoration of territories conquered during the war and the right to national self-determination in such contentious regions as the Balkans. Most famously, Wilson called for the establishment of a general association of nations—what would become the League of Nations—to guarantee political independence to and protect the territorial lines of great and small States alike.

Treaty of Versailles


World War I officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. Negotiated among the Allied powers with little participation by Germany, its 15 parts and 440 articles reassigned German boundaries and assigned liability for reparations.

The Washington Naval Treaty

1921 - 1922

Between 1921 and 1922, the world’s largest naval powers gathered in Washington, D.C. for a conference to discuss naval disarmament and ways to relieve growing tensions in East Asia.

Good Neighbor Policy


Roosevelt took office determined to improve relations with the nations of Central and South America. Under his leadership the United States emphasized cooperation and trade rather than military force to maintain stability in the hemisphere.

FDR Sends warships to Cuba