Taft/Wilson (foreign policy/actions)

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    Taft's Dollar Diplomacy

    This was a policy introduced by William H. Taft that involved using the power and prestige of the United States government to promote and protect American investments in Foreign countries. This mainly included Far East regions and critical security areas for the Panama Canal. Through this system New York bankers would be effectively strengthening American defenses and foreign policies.
  • China's Manchuria

    In China's Manchuria, Japan and Russia controlled the railroads. President Taft saw in the Manchurian monopoly a possible strangulation of Chinese economic interests and a slamming of the Open Door policy (america urging powers to respect certain Chinese rights). In 1909, Secretary of State Philander C. Knox proposed that a group of American and foreign bankers buy the Manchurian railroads and then turn them over to China.Both Japan and Russia flatly rejected the selling of their railroads.
  • Nicaragua

    There was an revolution that took place in Nicaragua and the us viewed this situation with alarm because Nicaragua is close to the Panama Canal ad contains the best route for a second canal. America gave loans to Nicaragua to stabalize its finanaces, and to ensure repayment they took over the management of the country's customs and it's banking and railroad systems. When an uprising threatened to upset this arrangement, taft sent marines to maintain order and eventually made it a protecterate.
  • Caribbean

    America invested a lot of money into Honduras and Haiti to help prevent ecconomic and political instability, and also to keep out foreign funds. Due to the monroe doctrine, the us wouldnt let foreign nations intervene. Due to disorder in these countries, the american money was threatened and america sent armed forces to these countries to restore order and protect american investment.
  • Mexico and Huerta

    Mexico and Huerta
    When the popular new Mexican was assassinated, General Victoriano Huerta was placed into a dictatorial presidency. As this happened millions of poor Mexicans fled the chaos into U.S. territory, taking up jobs and helping to blend culture. William Randolph Hearst (Yellow Journalism) and many Americans pleaded Wilson for intervention, to their dismay when he refused.
  • Repealing Panama Canal Tolls Act

    Wilson repeals the Panama Canal Tolls Act of 1912 in early 1914. This had been exemptin American coastal shipping from specific tolls that Britain was forced to pay, thus causing mass protest.
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    Turmoil in Haiti

    Wilson was forced to go against his Anti-Imperialistic views in these years when the Haitian population tore down their brutal president. Wilson, with much reluctance, sent U.S. Marines over to protect Americans and their property. These soldiers ended up staying for nineteen years until Wilson made a treaty with Haiti (an addition to the Roosevelt corollary of the Monroe Doctrine) providing United States supervision of finance and policing.
  • The Tampico Affair and Huerta's Downfall

    The Tampico Affair and Huerta's Downfall
    In 1914 several American sailors were unjustly arrested in this Atlantic seaport, then promptly released and apologized to. However this led to Wilson stubbornly deciding to eliminate Huerta from power. He asked Congress for permission, but before the response took action and ordered the navy to seize Vera Cruz (Mexican Port). Just as bloodshed seemed inevitable, the ABC powers (Argentina, Brazil, Chile) mediated and caused Huerta to collapse
  • Neutrality in WWI

    Neutrality in WWI
    As WWI broke out and both the Allied and Central Powers attempted to gain U.S. support, Woodrow Wilson was determined to remain neutral. German U-Boats (Subs) promised to TRY not to attack neutral ships, but this was contradicted when the Lusitania (with Americans on-board) and the Sussex were sunk. Wilson provided them with an ultimatum: Stop sinking ships or prepare for war. Germany reluctantly agreed and attempted to force the blockade to be broken up, but failed.
  • Jones Act 1916

    President Wilson signed this act in accordance to Bryan and the Democrats Anti-Imperialistic values, granting the Philippines territorial status. It also promised independence as soon as they could establish a "stable government", and this day came on July 4, 1946