American Expansion

  • Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson
    Woodrow Wilson, as the new President of the United States, promised that the United States would "never again seek one additional foot of territory, and opportuinity." Wilson campaigned his new "moral diplomacy" in a message to the American people that said Wilson would use the military on a number of occasions to guide Latin Americans in the directions he thought proper.
  • Alaska is bought into the United States

    Alaska is bought into the United States
    Alaska is purchased from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. This purchase ended Russian imperialism for the Americas. It also made U.S a major world power.
  • Trade in the United States Increasing

    Treaties in 1875 and 1887 increased trade with the Hawaiian Islands and gave the United States the right to build a naval base at Pearl Harbor.
  • Cuba

    Cuban patriot Jose Marti launched a war for independence from Spain. While Spain and Cuba fought, they destroyed American property so this led to the Spanish-American War.
  • Sugar Cane

    Sugar Cane
    By 1897, American entrepreneurs had invested $50 million in sugar cane plantations and other ventures in Cuba, which lay just 90 miles off the coast of Flordia.
  • Hawaii

    President William McKinley's administration favored annexation, and after the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Congress proclaimed Hawaii an official U.S territory.
  • The Spanish-American War

    The Spanish-American War
    Victory over Spain puts Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Phillippines, and Guam under United States control.
  • American Troops Land in Cuba

    American Troops Land in Cuba
    American troops landed in Cuba. U.S Marines captured Guantanamo Bay, and a force of 17,000 soldiers under U.S Army General William Shafter stormed ashore to Santiago.
  • Foreign Diplomats

    In 1899, China fell into political, economic, and military problems and would only trade with Britain, France, Germany, and Russia because they were part of China's distinct spheres of influence. U.S Secretary of State John Hay issued the first series of notes to foreign diplomats.
  • Puerto Rico

    Puerto Rico
    Since Puerto Rico was part of the United States, Congress passed the Foraker Act, which established a civil government in Puerto Rico. The act authorized the President of the United States to appoint a governor and part of the Puerto Rican legislature.
  • William Howard Taft

    William Howard Taft
    William Howard Taft , a future U.S President, became governor of the Philliippines. Taft had large ambitions for helping the islands recover from the rebellion.
  • Platt Amendment

    The Platt Amandment restricted the rights of newly independent Cubans and effectively brought the island within the United States.
  • Roosevelt Corollary

    In 1904, President Roosevelt set a new diplomacy called "Roosevelt Corollary". This updated the Monroe Doctrine for an age of economic imperialism. The United States would assume the role of police power, restoring order and depriving other creditors of the excuse to intervene.
  • Dollar Diplomacy

    Dollar Diplomacy
    During his Presidency, Taft created the "dollar diplomacy." The "dollar diplomacy" aimed to increase American investments in businesses and banks throughout Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Panamal Canal

    Panamal Canal
    More than 35,000 workers helped dig the Panama Canal in very difficult conditions. Many of the workers had died from disease or accidents. The point of the Panama Canal was to connect the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It was not an easy challenge, but it was completed in 1914.