Running head: AMERICAN EMPIRE
American Empire 1898 And 1919
The Spanish-American war of 1898 led conceptualization of an American empire. The
new settler developed a notion that they were destined to expand their territory in America.
Further, Americans believed they could make expansion of the territory was ideal for bringing
civilization to the west. Expansion of power or American imperialism relates to the cultural,
economic and military influence of the United States on other countries. The American empire
became a reality during the last half of the 1800s when rapid industrialization forced American
based people in business to explore international markets to sell their products (Miller, 2015).
The American and social Darwinism idea was responsible for creating the American empire that
could bring the concept of democracy, industry and Christianity societies.
The United States exerted economic, social and political influence to control other
countries such as Japan, Cuba, Austria, Germany, Philippines, and Korea. American imperialism
was felt during the annexation of Hawaii in 1898 that enable the U.S to gain possession and
control of the public property, military equipment, building harbors and ports (Miller, 2015). The
American anti-imperialist league argued the Spanish-American war conflict of Imperialism
camouflaged as liberation wars. The American focused on the policy of isolationism from world
affairs. The idea allowed American to control internal issues such as rapid growth which led to
fast-changing American in the late 1890s.
Furthermore, American realized the need to expand American borders to Oregon, Pacific
and further in Mexico due to its industrialization that had made U. S great power. The great
historian argues that American foreign policy of 1898 sparked Spanish-American war over
intervention in Cuba, but morality behind the decision ...