The Philippines should not have been annexed because the US could still profit from the Philippines without annexation. “It is not necessary to own people to trade with them,”(document D). The US did not profit from annexing the Philippines, trade wise, because they could still trade with them whether they were annexed into the US or not. Separate countries trade with each other without having to be annexed in another country, so the US took away the Philippines independence and they did not truly profit. In the end, Annexing the Philippines to profit from trade was
borders from sea to shining sea. The treaty gave the U.S. more land, but more importantly the Pacific Ocean. As a result, the U.S. now had unfettered access to countries connected to the Pacific. A country that would play a major role in the U.S. economy was the Philippines. This small island country in the Pacific in the eyes of American business would give the U.S. access to the rest of the far east. In order to take control of the Philippines, the U.S. employed tactics designed to remove the existing Spanish control over the country by inciting the native countrymen to action to seek independence. The U.S. used the prospect of freedom from Spain to manipulate the country into subjugation, and when this failed led the Philipino- American War in which the U.S. killed hundreds of thousands of Philipino citizens. Clearly, the economic potential of the Philipines drove the U.S. to change its show of allyship into a show of aggression, this marks a major change in how the U.S. handles diplomacy in countries with much to
If they didn’t, they would be going against God. Supporters would also believe that the United States is a completely superior country. When describing America, Beveridge said it is, “...a land set like a sentinel between the two imperial oceans of the glove, a greater England with a nobler destiny. It is a mighty people that He has planted on this soil…” (Beveridge, 1900, pg. 97). By using words such as ‘nobler’ and ‘mighty people,’ it shows the superiority Beveridge and other imperialists feel over other countries. Critics of this document would be those against the annexation of the Philippines. These would be people that believe the ideals that America was built on would be lost, and it was not their duty to intervene with another country’s right to self-government. Another possible reason that one might be against the annexation was the fear of changing the economy for worse. For example, “Trade unionists worried that poor Filipino workers would flood the U.S. labor market and depress wage rates” (Murrin, pg. 727). People were also worried about what the cost of the navy could do to the economy. The cost did prove to be high: “In 1890, naval expenditures exceeded $22 m” (Cortes, Feb
Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor is by far one of America’s most remembered events in history. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese dropped bombs on the American base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This attack is what persuaded President Franklin Roosevelt to join World War 2 and fight on two fronts. Japan attacked Pearl Harbor for many reasons. They attacked because they believed they would create a New World Order, they felt threatened by America and because of the oil embargo.
In 1899, the United States annexed the Philippines after a short but bloody war with Spain. These rich, plentiful islands full of resources were in great demand. The U.S. saw the Philippines; fighting against Spain so like them when they were rebelling, and decided to step in and aid ‘the spirit of 1776’ (Doc. A). However, the question still remains: should the United States have annexed the Philippines? The answer is an emphatic no. It was a waste of money and resources, they were as cruel and inflexible as Spain in their opinion of how to treat the natives, and it went against all governmental beliefs the U.S. stood for. Annexing the Philippines was not a wise decision.
If you were threatened by an individual, would you throw the first punch or wait for the attack. This is how Japan felt when they were trying to dominate Asia. On Sunday December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the United State’s biggest naval base, Pearl Harbor. This attack was a turning point for the United States because this was one factor that brought them into World War II to fight against the Axis Powers. In conclusion, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor because of their nationalist mentality, America’s embargo of oil to Japan and fearing that the United States will attack them first.
Imperialism was beneficial to many nations, but not to all. Emilio Aguinaldo, a Central Filipino Committee Member, states “What would you do with our 9 million people? Would you permit us to take part in your elections?” (Emilio Aguinaldo’s letter to the American people) When the Philippines declared their independence from America, the US did not recognize it.But the Filipinos could have waited, and eventually become a state, similar to Hawaii, and they would have attained the guaranteed help and protection of the US.
During the very early 1900’s it had become very evident that America was a very strong world power. Events and changes around the world had changed the young nation and forced it to become more efficacious and active abroad. Events such as wars, uprising rebellions, interventions in other countries had transformed this once isolationist country into a super power. A major event that played a key role in the United States transition into a world power was the annexation of Hawaii. Another factor would be through the help of president Theodore Roosevelt and his “Big Stick” diplomacy. Additionally, the US victory in the Spanish-American war also helped us rise to power. In sum, America emerged into becoming a world power through the annexation
Before the summer of 1942 the United States fought a defensive war in the Philippines. The change in strategy, was when the U.S. went on a land offensive to defeat the Japanese. They planned to do this by capturing all the islands until their empire was nothing but their Japan itself. The name of the battle that marked the turning point was the Battle of Guadalcanal. Japanese forces reached Guadalcanal in May of 1942. When the Allies noticed construction of an airfield on Guadalcanal, the U.S. did an amphibious landing, and the two forces went back and forth. It became a major turning-point in the war because it stopped Japanese expansion.
Imperialism was motivated by, “political ambitions… Nation’s will to power… or glory or national greatness,” (Doc 3). Imperialism for many countries is caused to improve the nation’s overall power. Additionally, according to President Mckinley, the U.S.’s involvement of Imperialism in the Philippines, was due to the fact that, “They were unfit for self-government,”(Doc. 7). The U.S. believed that there was nothing else for them to do, but take them over. Expanding territory, and a country's overall power by imperialism, was the major reason, politically
When America, as we know it today, was created, it had just freed itself from an unwanted, suffocating European power. The people wanted nothing to do with foreign affairs and their presidents’ policies reflected that. As America moved forward and established themselves as a world power, they began to want more. At the turn of the twentieth century, this want for more hit its peak and because of other circumstances, more was just within reach. America had always prided themselves in staying out of foreign problems and focusing inward, but now a new age was dawning. Those who were pro imperialist argued that the US had built itself up and it was now their duty to help others and expansion could help America internally, but anti imperialists
Toward the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the United States was becoming an increasingly powerful nation and world power. The country was competing with other nations also expanding. Their motives for expanding were to gain land and resources. While there was a slight departure from past expansionism, the United States mostly continued as it had been in the previous years.
Even though, during war the United States rather argued it’s nobleness in world matters, protecting Cubans and Filipinos from Spaniards. An exemplar of this is America issuing the Teller Amendment; which declared that Americans had no interest in taking political control in Cuba. But, later the Teller Amendment was proved wrong by the Platt Amendment, which stated that; Cuba would never sign a treaty with foreign power, impairing it’s independence, let America maintain independence and order in the country, and the United States maintain Guantanamo Bay a permanent base. Therefore, the U.S. controlling Cuba’s policies.The Filipinos as well are another exemplar of it, during the Spanish-American war they were offered independence but, later on were taken as United States territory until, the Filipino Revolution led to independence. Even in, European countries during this era, the “Scramble for Africa” where the Europeans were fighting for leadership in African
Imagine waking up one day and being forced to drop every custom and tradition you’ve ever known. This is what many countries had to endure when Americans decided it would be okay to imperialize them. Imperialism is the act of extending a country 's power and influence through diplomacy or military force. By the late 1800’s America started imperializing weaker countries. Americans were not justified in barging into weaker countries, and taking over for their own selfish gain. They mistreated the Filipinos and exploited the Puerto Ricans lands, they’ve done more bad than good which is why they are not justified.
During the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis took place. It was when two superpowers were close to causing a nuclear war. Its main origin was when the United States invaded Cuba, on April 10, 1961; which is also known as the Bay of Pigs invasion. After the invasion, previous Prime Minister; Fidel Castro of Cuba, was ‘paranoid’ because he felt like America was planning another attack. So in order to protect his nation, he sought military and economic help from the Soviet Union. Late president Nikita Khrushchev (from USSR), agreed to assist Castro and took immediate action. He installed missiles in Cuba, which the US thought was a threat to the security of their nation. In summary, I think that this was a defensive move by the Cubans.