19th Century American Imperialism

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American identity was made of frontier spirit, yet when frontier lines no longer existed, America had to find other way to express its spirit. In addition, overproduction and under-consumption brought by industrialization aggregated the need to expand to new markets. Thus, imperialism in which a stronger nation takes over an area’s economics, politics or military control, was considered a solution. American imperialism became popular after the Spanish American War of 1898. Upon the defeat of Spain, America gained possession of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Philippine. Because America conceived as an empire in the 19th century, it justified action through the ideas of frontier spirit, manifest destiny and the uniqueness of America by spreading democracy,
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