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American Imperialism has been a part of United States history ever since the American Revolution Imperialism is practice by which powerful nations or people seek to expand and maintain control or influence over weaker nations or peoples Throughout the years there have been many instances where the Americans have taken over other people countries almost every time we go into we have taken over a new piece of land The Americas first taste of imperialism came about five hundred years ago when Columbus came to America We fought the pleasant inhabitants and then took over their land making them slaves Americans over the years have been known to become almost selfish no matter how much we have we will never be happy until we control the free world The Monroe Doctrine of 1823 defined United States foreign policy in the Americas for the rest of the 19th century and beyond It declared that the United States had an interest in the Western Hemisphere and the European powers must not meddle in the affairs of any developing nations there The United States was a young nation in 1823 and did not really have to powers to back up the Monroe Doctrine However the policy was used to justify the sending of the US troops into Mexico in 1866 to intimidate the French and the purchased of Alaska in 1867 Another case of Imperialism was the United States industrial economy was growing so fast that they were producing more goods than they could consume The over abundance of industrial goods led the United States to look for new markets Next came the Spanish-American War which started with the Americans not liked the way that the Spaniards were treated the Cubans After this an US battleship Maine was docked outside of Havana Cubas Capital and all of a sudden exploded from under the sea At the time no one actually knew the real reason why the ship
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