The United States Territorial Expansion Methods
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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,

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


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