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The Rise Of A Nation: United States Becomes The Number One Super Power

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The United States experienced many different world events that helped propel it to becoming the world’s super power. From the Monroe Doctrine which would help the United States isolate itself from the Colonialism of the European nations and set itself as the super power of the America’s, to the Spanish American War which ended Spanish rule in the America’s as well as helped the United States acquire its own territories, to the first and second World Wars which ultimately bankrupted all of Europe, to the rise and fall of Communism and the ending of the Cold War. So why were these events so important to the rise of the United States? As the Spanish began losing its territories to independence in Central and South America, the United…show more content…
The Spanish American War was the first step to the United States becoming the world power we see it as today. Although the war was short, only lasting 109 days, the United States showed the rest of the European nations that it had a genuine navy by effectively defeating Spanish fleets in the Philippines and Cuba. The Spanish although a crumbling world power at the time was still seen as a powerful force; with the United States ability to defeat a world power it showed the world that the United States was a growing nation: economically, politically, and militarily. With the Treaty of Paris effectively ending the war the United States also gained some territory from the Spanish including Puerto Rico, the Philippines, and Guam. These islands helped the United States gain strategic military outposts that would prove to be very effective during the next century as the world would experience both world wars as well as the rise and fall of Communism and the ending of the Cold War.
At the turn of the 18th century European colonialism was at its height as each nation had stretched its military forces all throughout the world from Africa and all throughout Asia. As alliances and pacts become rampant throughout Europe the breakout of war was becoming more and more eminent. In 1914 that strain broke and World War I began. Although it was a global war most of the fighting took place in Europe, although there were fighting in
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