DBQ- To what extent was the late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century United States expansionism a continuation of past United States expansionism and to what extent was it a departure? Use the documents and your knowledge of United States history to 1014 to construct your answer. .
The United States has been an expansionist country since the pilgrims landed. Until the US established them selves as a definite world power, they had shown themselves to be a very expansionist country. The early twentieth-century US expansionism is a continuation of late nineteenth-century expansionism. America has, since its creation, been a nation full of pride, a pride that sometimes leads it to become too big for its britches, if you will. In these situations the US decides it knows whatâ€™s best for the rest of the world. .
What began with exploring the newfound land, of America, soon became â€œManifest Destiny.â€ â€œManifest Destiny,â€ is the belief that Americans had a God given right to all of the land between the eastern and western seaboards. America became instilled with the catchphrase â€œManifest Destiny,â€ in the late eighteen hundreds. One of the earliest cases of imperialism started with the expanding of the colonies past the Appalachian Mountains, to current day Mississippi, in 1783. Americaâ€™s newfound imperialism continued, with the Louisiana Purchase, and the joint occupation of Oregon, in 1803, and 1818 respectively. The US did not stop until they controlled the entire current day continental United States.
After the United States had established its self as a world power, its expansionism did not stop there, the US then set its newly superior sights on the countryâ€™s it needed to fix, or own, namely the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Hawaii. Not to say that the other world powers werenâ€™t picking and choosing what they wanted too, Britain and Japan were picking up all the weak territoryâ€™s they could on the other side of the world (Document A).