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?.
The period from the late nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century was a period of extreme growth and development in the United States. Past expansionism was driven by the events occurring directly after the Revolutionary War, in the late 1700s, which included the acquisition of new lands that lead to a migration of Americans guided by motivations of profit, land, and religion. Similarly, the Industrial Revolution served as a catalyst for expansion, especially in the late 1800s and early 1900s, by supplying more military goods, sparking a desire for wealth and profit through innovation, and developing new methods for expansion. While the basic motivations for the United States expansion of desire for land and power, and manifest destiny remained, the means for acting on these motivations and the location of expansion changed drastically in the late eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. .
I. Since the beginning of the United States as a nation in 1776 and continually through the early twentieth century, expansionism has been guided by the intrinsic motivation of a desire for land. Expansionism changed however, beginning in the late 1800s with the halt of discovering new American land and the start of acquiring land and/or power overseas.
A. Previous territorial acquisitions in the late 1700s and early 1800s (Treaty of Paris, Louisiana Purchase, etc) stemmed from expansionist desire based on power and land gain, the same motivations that governed later expansionism. .
B. The change in the US expansionism began with its new policy to become involved in foreign affairs which started in the late 1800s and stemmed from the desire for new land and the wish to be instituted as a world power.