U.S. Foreign Policy in the Late 19th Century Essay

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The United States, from its inception had a lust for real estate. From the original chants of "manifest destiny" to the calls for the annexation of Indian territories, America has been driven to acquire land. In this country's youth, land was needed for economic expansion; however, by the end of the 19th century, the entire continental United States had been in possession and the citizenry of this country turned their eyes out to sea. The United States no longer sought new lands to farm and work nor did they need new areas for their geological resources; the motives had changed. The United States was now driven by the temptations of world power and political supremacy. The self-absorbed citizenry looked upon their intrusion into …show more content…
The war with Spain also gave McKinley am excuse to invade the Spanish controlled Philippine islands, an important naval site which would give the United States a voice in the Far East. After, the United States Navy massacred the meek Spanish Armada and defeated the Spanish forces at San Juan Hill, the little war was over. In the process the United States acquired the Philippine islands, a strong voice in Cuban affairs, and most importantly, status. The political support that McKinley received after the Spanish-American War was "worth" the loss of a few American lives.

In addition the control of the Philippine islands gave the United States clout in the Far East and a chance to spread the dreams of democracy and Christ. Clearly the forces working behind the Spanish - American War were far different then those that led our forces, only a few decades earlier, into the western frontier. Once the United States had established it's presence in the Far East it felt obliged to oversee all that went on in the area. So when Chinese nationalists rebelled against the controlling government, the United States was most eager to get into the action.

At the time the United States had issued the "Open Door Policy" which called for the equal financial treatment of all foreign

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