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US Foreign Policy late 1800s- This nation from its inception had a lust for real estate From the original chants of manifest destiny to the calls for the annexation of Indian territories our nation has been driven to acquire land In this countrys youth land was needed for economic expansion However by the end of the 19th century the entire continental United States was in our possession and the citizenry of this country turned their eyes out to sea the United States no longer sought new lands to farm and work nor did they need new areas for their geological resources the motives had changed the United States was now driven by the temptations of world power and political one-ups-manship the self-absorbed citizenry looked upon their intrusion into foreign areas as a moral obligation to spread the words of democracy and Christ throughout the world the Spanish - American War in the final years of the 19th century perfectly demonstrate this new Imperialism In addition the American intrusion into Chinese affairs during the Boxer rebellion is also a proof for the new motives which governed our international attitude By the end of the 19th century Spanish forces in Cuba were in all out battle with nationalist rebels the Spanish army had tortured and killed thousands of innocent Cubans in their efforts to maintain control of Cuba the American Yellow Press under the leadership of Pulitzer and others wrote horrific articles about the war in Cuba and called for the imposition of the United States into the matter under the flag of moral obligation President McKinley and his war hungry Congress saw this as a perfect opportunity to have a nice little war and bolster the status of the United States in the
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