Imperialism Essay

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DBQ Essay During the late 1800’s many countries began to favor international imperialism. Imperialism is when a stronger country takes over a weaker country for military, economic, cultural, and political reasons. Imperialism was also based on racism as Europeans believed they were superior to other countries. The United States became involved in international imperialism to protect other countries social darwism. The US became involved in international imperialisms to protect weaker countries from social darwism. For instance, former president Theodore Roosevelt spoke of how a strong nationlike ours is expected to protect the interest of other countries. “We must show not only in our words, but in our deeds, that we are earnestly desious of securing their good will by acting towards them in a spirit of just and generous recognition of all their rights. This demonstrates that the former president felt that with the United Sates becoming a world power we should intervene on weaker countries in order to help them prospour. Another example of the United States intending to protect weaker nations by having an active presence in an illustration of Uncle Sam protecting Cuba presented as a helpless women shielded by the US flag and insurgents cowering in the sight. This shows the U.S felt that they had the responsibility of protecting weaker countries. The US also became involved in international imperialism to expand their trade rights. This is portrayed in the Hay-Bunaou- Varilla treaty. “The United States of America and the Republic of Panama being desirous to insure the construction of a ship canal across the Isthimus of Panama to connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and the Congress of the United States of America having passed an act approved June 28,1902…” This shows the United States will fight a war to protect their interest. Another instance of the

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