Imperialism Timeline

  • McKinley Tariff

    Increased the tariffs on some goods imported into the United States. The result of the bill was an average ad valorem tariff rate for imports to the United States of 48.4 percent. It protected manufacturing. In return for its passage, the Sherman Silver Purchase Act was given Republican support.
  • Teller Amendment

    Senator Henry M. Teller of Colorado proposed the amendment to ensure that the United States would not establish permanent control over Cuba following the cessation of hostilities with Spain.
  • Spanish American War

    Although the main issue was Cuban independence, the ten-week war was fought in both the Caribbean and the Pacific. A series of one-sided American naval and military victories followed on all fronts, owing to their numerical superiority in most of the battles and despite the good performance of some of the Spanish infantry units.[9] The outcome was the 1898 Treaty of Paris.
  • Annexation of Hawaii

    The treaty was never ratified by the U.S. Senate. Instead, the Newlands Resolution by both houses of Congress annexed the Republic to the United States and it became the Territory of Hawaii. Despite some opposition in the islands, the Newlands Resolution was passed by the House June 15, 1898, and by the Senate on July 6, 1898.
  • Annexation of Philippines

    Japan or Germany would take them and control them for their own military and economic advancement. President McKinley seemed to think it was right to annex the Philippines because the United States had already annexed lands prior to the war
  • The Boxer Rebellion

    The uprising took place in response to European "spheres of influence" in China, with grievances ranging from opium traders, political invasion, economic manipulation, to missionary evangelism.
  • Hay-Bunau-Varilla treaty

    Allowed the U.S. to build the Panama Canal and provided for perpetual control of a zone five-miles wide on either side of the canal.
  • U.S. and the Panama Canal

    The 48 mile-long international waterway allows ships to pass between the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean, saving about 8000 miles from a journey around the southern tip of South America, Cape Horn.
  • Roosevelt Corollary

    Roosevelt asserted that European nations should not intervene in countries to the south of the US, however under certain conditions, United States intervention might be justified.
  • The Great White Fleet

    The Great White Fleet consisted of sixteen new battleships of the Atlantic Fleet. The fourteen-month long voyage was a grand pageant of American sea power. The squadrons were manned by 14,000 sailors. They covered some 43,000 miles and made twenty port calls on six continents.
  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Foreign policy created by U.S. president William Howard Taft and his secretary of state, Philander C. Knox, to ensure the financial stability of a region while protecting and extending American commercial and financial interests there.