America Builds an Empire

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  • America Sets its Sights on Alaska

    America Sets its Sights on Alaska
    The Secretary of State, William H Seward, set out to convince congress that buying Alaska would be a good economic investment. He wanted Alaska so the United States would increase its territory by 20 percent and have the access to its natural resources.
  • The Purchase of Alaska is Official

    The Purchase of Alaska is Official
    The United States bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. It was owned by the United States officially on this date but Alaska did not become a state until 1946.
  • The Attempted Annexation of Hawaii

    The Attempted Annexation of Hawaii
    When the United States tried to come and take over Hawaii, there was a large uprising by Hawaiians who were loyalists to their queen. When the Constitution was made, Hawaii was not mentioned as territory.
  • Hawaii is Annexed

    Hawaii is Annexed
    The loyalists planned an uprising but the government heard about the uprising and government opened fire on the loyalists. The Queen had to renounce all claims to the thrown when forced by the government. When McKinley was elected president, he officially annexed Hawaii in 1896.
  • Yellow Journalism Takes Off

    Yellow Journalism Takes Off
    The newspapers were wanting to sell more and more papers to compete with each other. They started writing biased opinion and hiding it as fact. This boosted sales.
  • America Wants to Help Cuba

    America Wants to Help Cuba
    America wanted armed intervention for Cuba, which was under Spanish control. McKinley sent the USS Maine to watch a Cuban port but on this date, the ship was hit by a Spanish mine on the way there.
  • The Rough Riders Form

    The Rough Riders Form
    Teddy Roosevelt resigned from Assisstant Secretary of the Navy on this date. He then formed the first voluntary calvery in the Spanish American War.
  • The Anti-Imperialist League is Formed

    The Anti-Imperialist League is Formed
    The League was established on this day. They opposed expansion because they believed imperialism went against a republic government. They believed expansion would also cause the loss of American ideals and religion.
  • The Rough Riders are Famous

    The Rough Riders are Famous
    This day was their most famous time because on this day they did the attack of San Juan Hill. This was a main turning point in the Spanish American War.
  • America Declares War

    America Declares War
    America officially declared war on April 11, 1898 against Spain. Spain had to surrender after an American victory on this date. The Teller Amendment was signed and Cuba was given freedom.
  • America Claims Guam and Puerto Rico

    America Claims Guam and Puerto Rico
    When the Spanish American War had ended, the Treaty of Paris was signed. This treaty gave America Guam and Puerto Rico.
  • Yellow Journalism Burns Out

    Yellow Journalism Burns Out
    The main men of yellow journalism were Joeseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst. It began to die out in 1890 when the Spanish American War had ended.
  • Open Door Policy is Issued in China

    Open Door Policy is Issued in China
    They did this due to economic possibilities. President Mckinley had made this policy in 1899 to open trade barriers with China.
  • Open Door Policy is Not Popular in China

    Open Door Policy is Not Popular in China
    China did not like the new policy. It eventually led to the Boxer Rebellion.
  • America Buys Puerto Rico

    America Buys Puerto Rico
    On this date, Puerto Rico was officially owned by the United States. They bought it from Spain for $20 million. They claimed Puerto Rico, Guam, and Philippines to gain territory and show their power.
  • The Anti-Imperialist League Dies Out

    The Anti-Imperialist League Dies Out
    They were put to rest when politicians expained expansion and expansion seemed to be going good and actually helping to spread ideals and religion.
  • The Boxer Rebellion Begins

    The Boxer Rebellion Begins
    The Boxer Rebellion was an uprising against Christianity and imperialism. The Chinese were frustrated with the Open Door Policy.
  • The Boxer Rebellion is Put to Rest

    The Boxer Rebellion is Put to Rest
    The Emperor of China and the Boxers declared war. McKinley sent 2,500 men to help put down the uprising. They were sucessful.
  • America Gets Involved with Venezuela and Panama

    America Gets Involved with Venezuela and Panama
    Teddy Roosevelt promised Panama that the United States would help free them from Columbia if they sold the US the Panama Canal. On this date, the US bought the Panama Canal. In Venezuela, they found oil so the US built a strong relationship with them for economic gain.
  • Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy

    Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy
    Roosvelt felt we should intimidate other countries to avoid war. The press took one of Roosevelt's African quotes of "speak softly and carry a big stick" and turned it into "Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy". This was his view on foreign policy.
  • Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy

    Roosevelt's Big Stick Diplomacy
  • The Mexican Revolution Begins

    The Mexican Revolution Begins
    Mexicans were frustrated with their dictator, Porpirio Diaz because he was giving people in the US, Mexican workers' land and they had no say about it. On this date, the revolution began.
  • America Gets Involved with Nicaragua

    America Gets Involved with Nicaragua
    The United States did not want anyone else, but the US, to build the Nicaragua Canal. They went into Nicaragua to control it but had to leave in 1933 when the Great Depression began.
  • America Claims Neutrality at the start of WWI

    America Claims Neutrality at the start of WWI
    President Woodrow Wilson claimed neutrality at the start of WWI and this was favored by many Americans.
  • America Remains Neutral

    America Remains Neutral
    Germany announced unrestricted warefare on ships. This sunk two American ships. Germany apologized and America stayed neutral.
  • America Joins WWI

    America Joins WWI
    Four more American ships were sunk. On this date, America declared war on Germany.
  • America Lands in France

    America Lands in France
    The first American troops that landed in France began training for combat on this date. America was officially involved in the war.
  • The Mexican Revolution Ends

    The Mexican Revolution Ends
    The United States sided with Mexican workers for political, economic, social, and religious reasons. The revolution ended in 1917, but it was not a huge sucess because it did not fix all the political problems.
  • Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points

    Woodrow Wilson's 14 Points
    Woodrow Wilson gave a speech to congress about his 14 points. It set up rules for a post-war world.
  • Germany and Allies Agree to 14 Points

    Germany and Allies Agree to 14 Points
    The points were based on American ideals and set up peace. In November of 1918, Germany and the Allies agreed to the 14 points that Wilson outlined.