Open Door Policy Dbq Analysis

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During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century United States main goal was to imperialize other territories. After the Spanish- American War, the United States became an imperialist power by annexing the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Samoa. Americans also developed overseas trade with China and Japan. The United States proposition was to expand their region because they wanted to influence other nations for new trading locations, more resources and the increase of military protection. In spite of the fact that they had the same proposition, their political and economical motives were departed. Manifest destiny is the belief that it was the U.S. destiny to expand the country westward, from sea to shiny sea. Because America…show more content…
Countries such as Germany, France, Europe, Britain and Japan participated in the “sphere of influence” because China had valuable resources and these countries can control an area of trade in China. As shown in document A, the countries are reaching towards China to take their resources. The United States felt threatened and left out because they weren’t participating, they decided to create the policy as a coverup to join in the sphere of influence and take a role of power in China wealth. The United States had the right to create the policy because they believed that China wasn’t suitable and it was necessary for them to do it. As Theodore Roosevelt said in the Annual Message to Congress, if a country can govern themselves, they won’t need U.S interference. In Alfred T. Mahan, The Interest of America in Sea Power, expresses that America must look outward to extend its influence. This shows that this was a departure from past expansionism because the U.S. wanted a political and economical status in the other country, they wanted to control trade. United States never really want to govern a country, they have always kept the idea of
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