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American Imperialism

TermDefinition
isolationism a policy of non-involvement in world affairs; US foreign policy until the 1890s
expansionism moving to expand your country, or add territory to it
Matthew Perry US officer who intimidated Japan into allowing the US to trade there
imperialism a policy in which a stronger nation extends political, economic, and political control over a weaker nation
Reasons for US imperialism economic, military, and cultural superiority
William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia
annex to add
Queen Liliuokalani the queen of Hawaii; US overthrew her to annex Hawaii
Jose Marti leader of the Cuban revolution against Spain in Cuba
Spanish American War war in which the US fought against Spain to help the Cubans win their independence; US won and took Cuba, Philippines, Guam and Puerto Rico as territories
yellow journalism stories that are written that are exaggerated or sensationalized with the purpose of swaying opinions
USS Maine the US battle ship that was blow up in Havana Harbor; the immediate cause of the Spanish American War
Rough Riders led by Teddy Roosevelt; fought the Battle of San Juan Hill to help win the Spanish American War
Treaty of Paris US takes Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippine Islands, and Guam from Spain
spheres of influence guaranteed trading privileges for countries
Open Door Policy a policy written by the US that allowed trade in China to be open to anyone, regardless of spheres of influence; allowed the US to trade with China freely
Boxer Rebellion a Chinese group that revolted against open trade from the West
Roosevelt Corollary an addition to the Monroe Doctrine; states that the U.S. has the right to intervene in Latin America if it seems unstable
"Big Stick" Policy Roosevelt's policy to "Speak softly, but carry a big stick"; meant that the U.S. should remain friendly but keep a large military
Panama Canal U.S. acquired and built the Panama Canal in order to gain easier access to Asia
Created by: Mrs.Rizzo