American Expansionism In The 19th Century

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American Expansionism As the nineteenth century was coming to a close, the United States faced some choices that would affect our society for decades to come. Before the 1890's, the United States was fixated on maintaining and possibly expanding its borders. This time, became known as the new "Manifest Destiny". It focused on acquiring land separate from the continental United States. Just like many European powers prior to the 20th century, the United States looked at how the new world was developing. Consequently, it was looking to expand and create more opportunity to flourish. One of the reasons for this idea of expansion was the need to gain more natural resources for industrial development. The United States attempted to seek…show more content…
As a result, the United States had acquired Puerto Rico and Guam as territories. This fueled the sentiment that the United States was now a global power and had unprecedented backing for expansion. America was now ready to continue its "manifest destiny". After careful consideration of the benefits and consequences, I do believe that the United States expansionism was worth the effort. The United States was now somewhat of an empire, albeit, not as great as the powers of Europe. However, despite the risks and punishment that America had to endure, this was the only way at the time to build the stepping stones for American prosperity. The United States was now engaged in the politics of Europe and the Far East. The war in the Philippines was also an unfortunate event that caused many Americans. However, I feel as though to do something great, you must venture somewhat into the unknown. The United States before that time, had tried to stay away from other countries and their efforts. But after America had expanded its borders and fulfilled their supposed "Manifest Destiny", it was time to look forward. Because of a population increase and other residual factors, there was the need to expand abroad in order to maintain industrial efficiency and prosperity. This was an unknown to America at the time, but I feel as though it is usually better to proactive instead of reactive. Despite the risks and the cost, American Expansionism was worth the effort and
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