America 's Hunger For Land And Power

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In the 1860s and early 1870s, the U.S. focused primarily on domestic issues, such as settlement of the American West. Apart from acquiring Alaska from Russia in 1867, the U.S. achieved little in the area of foreign expansion at this time. However, by the late nineteenth century and the early twentieth century, United States expansionism looked abroad with new interest, because, as a rising industrial power, the U.S. needed to find foreign markets in which to sell its manufactured products and from which to acquire raw goods. This new age of United States expansionism was a continuation of past expansionism. America 's hunger for land and power led it to depart from its original foreign policies and expand worldwide, such as large parts of South America and the Caribbean. American imperialism of the late 1800s and early 1900s demonstrated the same cultural and social justification of previous expansionism. The original doctrine of Manifest Destiny, which emerged in the 1840s to accompany westward continental expansion, advocated a belief that America was destined by God to expand its borders across the continent. For the most part, the United States’ need for more land was primarily to keep other nations (mainly European powers) out of the western hemisphere. The United States continued to expand westward and gain land. After a war with Mexico over the rights to Texas, the country gained much of the southwest including the land of California. They also gained the Oregon
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