Imperialism By: Sierra Yost 2A
What is imperialism?
Imperialism is basically a country's influential power growing by force or other means. It can also describe a stronger country taking over a weaker country.
What are some examples of imperialism?
- The United States and Hawaiian islands
- The United States and Puerto Rico
- The United States and the Philippines
- The United States and Samoa
The United States and Hawaiian Islands
In the late 1800's, the United States tried to annex the Hawaiian Islands as a treaty. It was then declined when the majority of the US senate did not approve. A few years after this decision, the U.S.S Maine exploded and the Spanish- American war began. The United States was in desperate need for a mid-pacific fueling location. They needed the Hawaiian islands. About a year had passed and finally the Hawaiian islands were annexed by the US. This caused the Hawaiian people to become very upset and revolt. The queen was arrested. The Hawaiians signed numerous petitions trying to push the point that they did not want an annexation. However, it did not do anything and the 50th star was added to the flag. Hawaii was officially United States territory.
The United States and Puerto Rico
In 1898, during the Spanish- American war, the US invaded Puerto Rico. A whole new nature was brought upon the United States. This nature was predatory and threatening. It began a mission or quest for the capitalist class to become a world power, which sprung a global division. The United States was sued and annexed from Puerto Rico and another island in the Marianas.