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The United States of America has never been content with stagnation The landmass of the Thirteen Colonies was enough to rival that of the Mother country from which they separated The forefathers believed that it was the manifest destiny of this nation to eventually claim the expansion from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean By 1890 nearly a hundred years following the original claim of Manifest Destiny the land that was once open was now under American control But no sooner was the Great American Frontier closed than was the door to East Asian expansion opened with the great gold key of American diplomacy In a world where imperialism was contagious and cartographers had to work around the clock to keep up with an ever-changing geopolitical landscape the United States seized the opportunity to establish herself as a significant world power With great expansionist minds at her helm such as Theodore Roosevelt and Howard Taft the United States began to grow beyond her border to claim stake in this wide-open world This new expansionism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century was a different institution than its early to mid nineteenth century counterpart Still the drive to exercise the sovereignty of the United State and to propel itself over the worlds stage was the same then as it was in the time of Thomas Jefferson In order to understand this assertion attention must be given to three levels of analysis First the similarities that exist between the drive and purpose of old and new expansion must be taken into account Second the differences in the global political scene must be considered Finally there exits differences in the means by which expansion occurred One common theme which stretched the American spirit beyond its borders and into the soil of foreign territory during both old and new expansionism is the belief that the US was destined by providence power and its own intrinsic worth to expand
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