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Imperialism and Its Motives Imperialism began to grow just before the turn of the twentieth century During this time Americas businesses were growing and need more markets The United States was becoming a world power and with that some people felt there came obligations The United States economic growth and powerful figured led to incidents overseas that caused war especially the Spanish-American War The nation was growing Industry was doing well Businesses were booming The United States began to shed its old attitude of isolationism for the prospect of the rest of the world as its market The navy of the nation was the fifth best in the world so be had naval strength People were advocating expansion for religious reasons They wanted to spread Christianity and conform the culture of the world to American standards An example of the wants during this time was a book written by Josiah Strong called Our Country and Its Possible Future and Present Crisis To expand the nations influence over the world we needed open markets open routes and to show strength The Spanish-American War was the prime example of showing what the United States was doing with its new power and economic standing Strong figures came to the forefront to support the engagement of this war for a list of reasons Among some these reason were the fear that if Spain had control over Cuba then the shipping routes would be disrupted America hid behind the noble reasons of being sympathetic to the Cuban patriots who were fighting for their independence and to stop the Spanish from using reconcentration camps Chief among the leaders were Henry Cabot Lodge the influential senator from Massachusetts Theodore Roosevelt the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and Captain Alfred Mahan author of the book called The Influence of Sea Power Upon History an influential work
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