Becoming a World Power. Chapter 5. Panama Canal. Sec 1: The Imperialist Vision. Building Support for Imperialism After the Civil War America did not have any interest in expanding outside the U.S…. Just wanted to reconstruct the South.
Building Support for Imperialism
High tariff in industrialized nations reduce trade, forcing companies to look for overseas places to invest their capital.
In 1877, planters pushed for a constitution that limited the king’s authority.
US annex HI.
- Latin America rejected both ideas but agreed to promote cooperation among nations……today known as Organization of American States (OAS)
1. The Cuban Rebellion against Spain
2. American desire to protect its investments in Cuba
3. Yellow journalism that intensified public anger at Spain
4. The explosion of the USS Maine
However, in 1894, US imposed a new tariff on sugar that devastated Cuba’s economy.
- In both writers exaggerated about terrible conditions in Cuba and made up stories to attract reader, yellow journalisms.
Spain sent 200,000 troops to the island to put down the rebellion and appointed Gen. ValerianoWeyler as governor.
end the war otherwise US will intervene
Spain gave Cuba-Autonomy- the right to their own government- only if remained part of Spain.
Succeeding Pre. McKinley, Pre. Theodore Roosevelt mediated disputes in Asia & Latin America and acquired the Panama Canal Zone
President Taft and Wilson worked to increased American trade and influence in Latin America.
- U.S would intervene in Latin American affairs when necessary to maintain economic and political stability in the Western Hemisphere.