What Was The Cause Of Colonialism In America's Imperialism?

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In the late 1800’s Imperialism had begun because the Europeans were greedy for power. They would conquer other small weak nations for many reasons such as a source of raw material, gaining more territory, and gaining control of people and using them as cheap laborers. Spain once was a great nation governing over the Philippines, Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. During this time, the Philippines and Cuba were the only ones fighting for freedom and independence out of the four countries under the control of Spain. Later on, Rumors had spread to the US that the Spanish were being cruel to the Cubans and the Philippines. The US decided to send Ships to protect the sugar resources. The USS Maine had come to Cuba to protect the US citizens that were living in Cuba when the Cubans and Philippines were fighting for freedom and independence. On Feb 5, 1898, a mysterious explosion sank the battleship USS Maine in Havana Harbor, triggering a war between the United States and Spain.” That lead to The Spanish American War, which was fought in the Manila Bay, Philippines, Because the Spanish had already had a base camp there. The Philippines decided to join alliances with the US because the US had promised the Philippines them their independence if they had made an alliance. After the war, Spain lost and the Treaty Of Paris was created, which allowed the US to purchase the Philippines for $20 million (USD). Annexing the Philippines lead to the death of 20,000 Filipino troops and more than

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