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In the early 1900s the US made some very important choices The US acquired many territories in this time period America annexed Hawaii the Philippines and Puerto Rico The United States also intervened in the Cuban War of Independence and gained the control to open and maintain the Panama Canal I do not believe the US was fair in making any of these choices It was no their right to decide The annexation of Hawaii was unfair for many reasons Wealthy investors bought sugar farms in Hawaii The white sugar plantation owners outnumbered the natives They caused the end of the duty tax for a short period of time to end competition with natives and bring in more profit They forced the King into giving only wealthy landowners the right to vote The McKinley Tariff was passed and it put a duty tax on sugar This eliminated competition and the natives lost money or went out of business The King died and his sister became Queen of Hawaii She wanted to give voting rights back to the people of the islands The US got involved and kidnapped her They established a new government under the leadership of Stanford B Dole Cleveland became President and annexed Hawaii Hawaii became part of a world power but was stripped of their independence There was nothing they could do to stop the takeover since they were only a series of small islands much less powerful than the US This would not have happened if the land were shared The US also got to put a military base at Pearl Harbor which still exists today There should not have been an intervention in the Cuban War of Independence Jose Marti a rebel leader destroyed many American owned sugar mills and plantations He tried to get the US involved but that did not change our opinion of stay neutral yet Spain retaliated to this rebellion and sent General Weyler to Cuba
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