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The United States 1900-1909 The early 1900s was a great time for Americans The early 1900s brought many reforms changes and inventions to the country Many people around the world began to recognize the US as a world power With the nations growing economic and naval power it was obvious that the US was a major contender for world domination Throughout the early 1900s the United States was dramatically changed from a little nation to a nation of great wealth and prosperity The United States entered the Twentieth Century as a world power along with older world powers of Europe Angel vol 1 such as France England and Germany The United States achieved this power by stepping up its navy The navy won national support and began its expansion to supremacy by sending the great-white fleet around the world on December 16 1907 Angel vol 1 This was done to show the world the maturity of American engineering as well as the substance for the big stick policy Dictionary of American History vol V The United States wanted to show and warn the other countries of the world that the US was here and they meant business Mark Twain said We have pacified some thousands of islanders and buried themburned their villages and turned their widows and orphans out-of-doorssubjugated the remaining ten millions by benevolent assimilation which if the pious new name of the musket we have acquired property in the three hundred concubines and other slaves of our business partner the sultan of Sulu and hoisted our protecting flag over that swag And so by the Providences of God and the phrase is the governments not mine we are a world power Angel vol 1 From 1900 to 1920 there was a staggering increase in iron ore and crude petroleum production in the United States For example in 1900 there were 27300 tons of iron ore and 63621 barrels of petroleum produced in
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