The United States Territorial Expansion Methods

             The United States has had a long tradition of territorial expansion.

             across the continent so it is easy to understand why the notion of .

             imperialism was so easily accepted by such a large number of people. And .

             to back this imperialist sentiment we had things like the Monroe Doctrine, .

             the Manifest Destiny, Social Darwinism, overabundance of industrial .

             goods, and the military advantages of acquiring new territory. There were .

             others who felt much differently about the concept of imperialism. The .

             other group of people felt it was wrong so they formed the Anti-Imperialist .

             League. The Anti-Imperialist League fought and campaigned against .

             imperialism. And aiding the anti-imperialist sentiment were the struggles .

             for Cuban and Filipino independence, the true meaning of independence, .

             and greedy capitalist.

             Whenever we felt the need to expand our boundaries and acquire.

             new territories we would purchase, negotiate, or conquer the desired land.

             These were the methods we used to acquire territories like Florida,.

             Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Oregon, from England, .

             France, and Spain. Our imperialist ways are precisely the reason why we .

             own as much of the country as we do. I mean if we would have left it up to .

             England, France, or Spain they would still own the other half of our .

             country. But, our imperialist motives did not stop there first we had the.

             Monroe Doctrine, which expressed U.S. hostility towards Europeans .

             intervening in affairs occurring in our half of the hemisphere. Later an idea.

             called "Manifest Destinyā€¯ emerged this was the idea that since we were of .

             Anglo-Saxon decent we were superior and our industrial, political, and.

             military strength were proof of that superiority thus we carried the .

             responsibility to extend our rule and prosperity to the less-able people. The .

             Social Darwinism philosophy had a strong presence. Imperialists felt that .

             we should lend a hand to the less fortunate people on the much lower levels .

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