Imperialist Era of the U.S

  • Matthew Perry sails into Tokyo Bay

    Matthew Perry sails into Tokyo Bay
    Commodore Mathew Perry sail American fleet into Tokyo Bay Japan and presented the Emperor with lavish gifts. Americans win a trade treaty and led to possesion of Midway "islands.
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    Imperialist Era

  • U.S purchases Alaska

    U.S purchases Alaska
    The U.S purchases Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. This doubled the size of America.
  • Bayonet Constitution

    Bayonet Constitution
    U.S forces Hawaiian King Kalakaua to change the constitution to allow only wealthy land owners the right to vote. Pearl Harbor is also allowed to be constructed.
  • Mckinley Tariff

    Mckinley Tariff
    New taxes are made on Hawaiian sugar cane and are made more expensive then American sugar cane. Profits decrease and Queen Liliuokalani is dethroned for rebellion.
  • Yellow Press

    Yellow Press
    Joseph Pultitzer and William Randolph Hearst create the "Yellow Press" and comic strip character the "Yellow kid". They use this to exaggerate Spanish attrocities. Americans start to side with the Cubans.
  • Venezuela and Bristish Border Dispute

    Venezuela and Bristish Border Dispute
    A border dispute breaks out between Venezuela and Britian and President Cleveland threatens U.S intervention. U.S is soon recognized as having influence over Latin America.
  • Conflict within Cuba

    Conflict within Cuba
    Spain will not grant Independence for Cuba and Cuban Patriot Jose Marti rises up with guerrilla tactics. Cubans are herded into reconcentration camps.
  • Spanish edges on War

    Spanish edges on War
    Spanish military, led by General Valeriano Weyler, attacks and destroys American property in Cuba. President Cleveland sends the Battleship the U.S.S Maine into Havana Harbor hoping to settle this peacefully.
  • DeLome Letter

    DeLome Letter
    Letter from Spanish Ambassador calling the president '"a weak and stupid politician". Americans call it "The worst insult to the US in history". Americans are itching for a war.

    The battlehip the USS Maine explodes killing the 354 cremen on board. Investigation pointed to a mine. US is livid.
  • War begins

    War begins
    War with Spain begins and US promises Cuban independence. Fighting starts in Phillippines.
  • Fighting in Cuba

    Fighting in Cuba
    Marines capture Guantanamo Bay. However, US troops are terribly supplied and trained.
  • Rough Riders

    Rough Riders
    A group led by Theodore Roosevelt, who had resigned his naval post. The votunteer calvery division destroys Spanish fleet as they attempt to escape, they surrender.
  • Treaty of Paris

    Treaty of Paris
    Treay of Paris is signed ending the Spanish-American War. Spain gives up control of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Guam cede, and the Phillipines are sold the US for 20 million dollars.
  • Panama Canal is completed

    Panama Canal is completed
    The Panama Canl is finally finished. This opens up trade and new routes for ships connecting the two oceans.