Imperialism Essay

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The United States began its interest in Hawaii in the late 1800s. As more Americans traveled there, they began to control the sugar industry. A year later they gained control over Hawaii’s land and economy, which included the many miles of agriculture. King Kalakaua was upset that the United States was trying to take over their government. The treaty that allowed Hawaiian sugar to go to the United States tax free made sugar tycoons want more power. The bayonet constitution was created and gave the U.S. Pearl Harbor, which was a permanent port for warships. It would help American ships traveling to Asia refuel and get more supplies. Hawaii was a big gain for the United States and was only the beginning of taking over countries. China has been a major trade country with the United States for many years. In 1844, the United States was given larger trading privileges when five ports were opened a few years prior. However, too many countries were trying to overrule the country by trade which led China to the Open Door Policy. It gave all nations equal trading rights to China, so now the United States didn’t have to compete for trade anymore. The Boxer Rebellion convinced China to sign an agreement, which helped gain support for the policy. Nations soon realized that they would get more trade in China by getting along with each other, instead of seeing it as a competition. It strengthened the relationship between the United States and China which has led to the immense amount of trading occurring between the two countries today. Japan went into a state of isolation from the 1630s up until the 1800s. It had no trade with other countries and was very much kept to itself. The United States stressed Japan to open its ports to trade, but had no idea what the ships were. Japan thought the U.S. had an incredible navy and in 1854 started trade with them. Japan became so strong

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