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IMPERIALISM & ALASKA & SPANISH AMERICAN WAR & PUERTO RICO. IMPERIALISM : THE POLICY OF ESTABLISHING COLONIES AND BUILDING EMPIRES. OR: IMPERIALISM IS STRONG NATIONS EXTENDING THEIR POLITICAL, MILITARY, & ECONOMIC CONTROL OVER WEAKER NATION S. REASONS FOR IMPERIALISM:.

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IMPERIALISM: THE POLICY OF ESTABLISHING COLONIES AND BUILDING EMPIRES.

  • OR:
  • IMPERIALISM IS STRONG NATIONS EXTENDING THEIR POLITICAL, MILITARY, & ECONOMIC CONTROL OVER WEAKER NATIONS
reasons for imperialism
REASONS FOR IMPERIALISM:
  • B/C OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION, THE COLONIES WOULD BE MARKETS WHERE THE U.S. COULD SELL THEIR MANUFACTURED GOODS
  • RAW MATERIALS & NATURAL RESOURCES: FOR EXAMPLE, THE COLONIES WOULD BE THE SOURCE OF ITEMS LIKE TEA, RUBBER, IRON, PETROLEUM….
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REASONS FOR IMPERIALISM:
  • THE COLONIES WERE ALSO SOMEWHERE TO INVEST SURPLUS CAPITAL..$$$$$
  • BY 1890, THE U.S. FRONTIER WAS CLOSED ( BY THEIR STANDARDS)
  • EUROPEAN NATIONS SET THE EXAMPLE FOR COLONIZATION AND/OR IMPERIALISATION
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REASONS FOR IMPERIALISM:
  • AMERICAN NATIONALISM:
    • EXPANSIONISTS ARGUED THAT WE WERE MEANT TO DO THIS!
    • INFLUENTIAL WRITINGS AND LECTURES BY CAPTAIN ALFRED MAHAN AND HIS BOOK THE INFLUENCE OF SEA POWER UPON HISTORY
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REASONS FOR IMPERIALISM:
  • MAHAN SAID THE FOLLOWING:
    • THE U.S. NEEDED A POWERFUL NAVY, BY 1898, WE WERE #3 IN THE WORLD
    • THE U.S. NEEDED FOREIGN BASES SO OUR SHIPS COULD REFUEL & RE-SUPPLY
    • WE NEEDED A CANAL ACROSS THE ISTHMUS OF PANAMA
    • WE NEEDED HAWAII & OTHER ISLANDS IN THE PACIFIC
early acquisitions
EARLY ACQUISITIONS:
  • MIDWAY, 1867 AN ISLAND HALF WAY BETWEEN U.S. AND ASIA IN THE PACIFIC. IT WAS NEEDED AS A COALING STATION/ REFUELING…IT WAS UNINHABITED
  • WAKE ISLAND 1899 NEAR MIDWAY, A CABLE STATION FROM SAN FRANCISCO TO MANILA..IT WAS UNINHABITED
early acquisitions1
EARLY ACQUISITIONS:
  • SAMOAN ISLANDS 1899,
  • IT IS NEAR AUSTRALIA
  • IT IS USED AS A REFUELING STATION.
  • THE U.S. FORMALLY ANNEXED IT IN 1899. TODAY, AMERICAN SAMOA AND MIDWAY ARE AMERICAN COLONIES THAT PROVIDE THE U.S. WITH NAVAL & AIR BASES
the purchase of alaska
THE PURCHASE OF ALASKA

SEC. OF STATE WILLIAM SEWARD BOUGHT ALASKA

purchase of alaska
PURCHASE OF ALASKA
  • The Purchase of Alaska
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PURCHASE OF ALASKA
  • Secretary of State William H. Seward believed in Manifest Destiny.
  • He envisioned a great empire and wanted to annex Canada, Hawaii, and several Caribbean islands.
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ALASKA IS PURCHASED FROM RUSSIA FOR 7.2 MILLION DOLLARS

  • NICKNAMED SEWARD’S FOLLY AND/OR SEWARD’S ICEBOX
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ALASKA, TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS, WAS HELD BY RUSSIA, BUT THE CZAR SAW LITTLE VALUE IN THE TERRITORY.

  • THE UNITED STATES ARRANGED TO BUY ALASKA FOR $7.2 MILLION - LESS THAN 2 CENTS/ACRE.
alaska
ALASKA
  • ALASKA BECAME THE 49TH STATE IN 1959.
  • ALASKA HAS TIMBER, FUR, FISH, COAL, OIL, AND GOLD.
  • ALASKA CONTAINS MAJOR AIR BASES, AS WELL AS MISSILE WARNING SYSTEMS.
vocabulary and people
Vocabulary and People
  • Jose Marti- Cuban patriot who launched a war for independence from Spain by getting support from Americans.
  • William Randolph Hearst- Published the New York Journal newspaper.
  • Yellow Press- The publications by Pulitzer and Hearst. They were called Yellow because of the comic strip character called the Yellow Kid. They printed sensational stories to sell papers.
  • Jingoism- Aggressive nationalism
vocab and people
Vocab and People
  • George Dewey- Commodore who led a fleet to take Manila Bay and defeated the Spanish Navy.
  • Emilio Aguinaldo- Filipino Nationalist who led a revolt against Spanish rule (1898)
  • Rough Riders- Rugged westerners and upper-class easterners, led by Teddy Roosevelt, who fought in the Spanish-American War.
  • Treaty of Paris- Officially ended the Spanish-American War and gave America Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. Cuba was freed.
introduction
INTRODUCTION
  • Struggling for freedom under Spanish rule for years, Cubans had gained only greater repression.
  • CUBA IS 90+ MILES FROM THE U.S.
spanish american war
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
  • AMERICANS INTEREST IN CUBA
  • U.S. LONG INTERESTED IN CUBA; WANTS TO BUY CUBA FROM SPAIN
  • DURING 1868-1878 WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE, AMERICAN SYMPATHIES WITH CUBA
  • 1886 ABOLITION OF SLAVERY LEADS TO US INVESTMENT IN SUGAR CANE
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F.Y. I. AMERICA & CUBA
  • PRESIDENT T. JEFFERSON HAD CONSIDERED ANNEXING CUBA!
  • PRES. JAMES K. POLK HAD TRIED TO BUY CUBA
  • SO DID PRESIDENT McKINLEY!!!
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F. Y. I.
  • DID YOU KNOW THAT THE SOUTH WANTED TO ANNEX CUBA AS ANOTHER SLAVE STATE!!!
  • ALSO, THE OSTEND MANIFESTO OF 1854 SUGGESTED THAT THE U.S. SHOULD SEIZE CUBA BY FORCE. THE U.S. QUICKLY REPUDICATED THIS STATEMENT .
causes of the spanish american war
CAUSES OF THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR:
  • HUMANITARIAN: WE FELT BAD FOR CUBA. THEY WANTED THEIR INDEPENDENCE. SPAIN MISTREATED THEM
  • YELLOW JOURNALISM: WE DID NOT GET THE WHOLE STORY. PLUS, EVERY STORY WAS EXAGGERATED. CUBAN PROBLEMS WERE USED TO SELL NEWSPAPERS.
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CAUSES OF THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR:
  • DeLOME LETTER: STOLEN & PUBLISHED IN THE PAPERS. HE CALLED MCKINLEY A WEAK & INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT!! AMERICA IS FURIOUS.
  • SINKING OF THE MAINE. U.S. BLAMED SPAIN. IT PROBABLY WAS NOT SPAIN. B/C TODAY, WE KNOW IT BLEW UP FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!
causes of the spanish american war2
CAUSES OF THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR:
  • CONGRESSIONAL ELECTION IN NOVEMBER
  • PEOPLE WANTED WAR
  • CONGRESS WANTED WAR
  • T. ROOSEVELT WANTED WAR
  • SO, IT WAS WAR!!
cuba s first war for independence
CUBA’S FIRST WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE
  • CUBA IS A COLONY OF SPAIN. THEY WANTED TO BE FREE.
  • WAR BROKE OUT IN 1868, IT LASTED FOR 10 YEARS. CUBA LOST.
  • SPAIN PROMISED TO ABOLISH SLAVERY & GIVE THEM SOME SELF GOVERNMENT. THEY DID NOT DO THIS!!!
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U.S.S. Maine Explodes
  • U.S.S. MAINE SENT TO PICK UP US CITIZENS AND PROTECT US PROPERTY
  • SHIP BLOWS UP IN HAVANA HARBOR AND NEWSPAPERS BLAME SPAIN
  • 260 OUT OF 350 AMERICANS DIE
  • THE U.S. BLAMES SPAIN!!
  • REMEMBER THE MAINE!!
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U.S. GETS INVOLVED
  • SLAVERY IS ABOLISHED IN 1886
  • U.S. STARTED INVESTING TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CUBA.
  • U.S. BUY LAND AND SUGAR PLANTATIONS.
  • U.S. ABOLISHED TARIFF ON CUBA SUGAR. CUBA ECONOMY IS GREAT!!
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U.S. GETS INVOLVED
  • THEN, THE WILSON GORMAN TARIFF PLACED A VERY HIGH, 40% TARIFF ON CUBAN SUGAR
  • THE CUBAN ECONOMY IS RUINED!!! THINGS ARE BAD!!! U.S. DID NOT MEAN TO DO THIS.
second war for independence
SECOND WAR FOR INDEPENDENCE
  • JOSEMARTI- POET, JOURNALIST- LAUNCHES SECOND REVOLUTION IN 1895. HE HAD SPENT MOST OF LIFE IN EXILE IN NEW YORK. ALSO, HE DIES IN 1895
  • GUERILLA CAMPAIGN DESTROYS AMERICAN-OWNED SUGAR MILLS AND PLANTATIONS. THEY DID THIS TO GET US INTO THIS WAR!
  • US PUBLIC OPINION SPLIT
spain takes action
SPAIN TAKES ACTION
  • 1896, GENERAL VALERIANO WEYLER SENT TO CUBA TO RESTORE ORDER. HE IS NICKNAMED THE BUTCHER!!
  • PUTS ABOUT 300,000 CUBANS IN CAMPS. APPROXIMATELY 200,000 DIE!!
drawn into war
Drawn Into War
  • Americans were outraged when they heard of Cubans being sent to “re-concentration camps”.
  • An estimated 200,000 Cubans, 1/8 of the population, died of illness and starvation.
the de lome letter
THE DE LOME LETTER
  • YELLOW JOURNALISM- SENSATIONAL WRITING USED TO LURE AND ENRAGE READERS
  • HEADLINES INCREASE AMERICAN SYMPATHY FOR INDEPENDENT CUBA
  • MCKINLEY WANTS TO AVOID WAR, AND TRIES DIPLOMACY TO RESOLVE CRISIS
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HEARST & PULITZER ANDYELLOW JOURNALISM

  • USED THE CUBAN PROBLEMS TO SELL NEWSPAPERS. FACT & FICTION!!
  • HEARST SENT ARTIST FREDERIC REMINGTON TO DRAW PICTURES OF THE CUBAN ATROCITIES & HE COULD NOT FIND ANY OF THEM.
  • HEARST TOLD HIM “YOU FURNISH THE PICTURES & I WILL FURNISH THE WAR!!
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AMERICANS ARE ANGRY

  • T. ROOSEVELT IS FURIOUS, HE WANTED WAR!! HE CALLED PRESIDENT MCKINLEY A “WHITE LIVERED CUR” WITH “NO MORE BACKBONE THAN A CHOCOLATE ECLAIR!”
  • SIX DAYS LATER……
sinking of the maine
SINKING OF THE MAINE
  • HEARST OFFERS $50,000 TO ANYONE WHO COULD PROVE THE SPANISH BLEW UP THE MAINE
  • U.S. DECLARES WAR APRIL 19, 1898
teller resolution
TELLER RESOLUTION
  • STATES THAT THE UNITED STATES CLAIMED NO “SOVEREIGNTY, JURISDICTION, OR CONTROL” OVER CUBA
  • AFTER DEFEATING SPAIN, CONTROL WOULD REST WITH CUBAN PEOPLE
  • IN OTHER WORDS, THE U.S. WAS NOT DOING THIS TO MAKE CUBA A COLONY OF THE U.S.A.
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SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
  • THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE WAR TAKES PLACE IN THE PHILIPPINES. B/C ASSISTANT SEC. OF NAVY, T. ROOSEVELT ORDERED THE U.S. FLEET CLOSE TO THE PHILIPPINES, JUST IN CASE….
american troops battle the spanish
AMERICAN TROOPS BATTLE THE SPANISH
  • OVER 200,000 AMERICANS ENLIST IN THE ARMY
  • DEWEY TAKES THE PHILIPPINES
  • MAY 1, 1898- COMMODORE GEORGE DEWEY LED HIS VESSELS INTO MANILA BAY.
  • AMERICANS QUICKLY DESTROY SPANISH FORCES.
  • 1 AMERICAN DIED OF HEAT STROKE , OVER 400 SPANISH DIED.
spanish america war
SPANISH AMERICA WAR
  • IN AMERICA, DEWEY IS A HERO
  • AT THE SAME TIME, FILIPINOS LED BY EMILIO AGUINALDO DEFEATED THE SPANISH ARMY IN THE PHILIPPINES.
  • IN AUGUST, 11,000 AMERICAN SOLDIERS LANDED ON THE ISLAND & SPANISH TROOPS SURRENDERED.
emilio aguinaldo
EMILIO AGUINALDO
  • AGUINALDO WAS A FRIEND TO THE U.S. TROOPS IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS WAR, B/C HE BELIEVED THE U.S. WAS GOING TO GIVE THE PHILIPPINES THEIR INDEPENDENCE. BUT, THAT DID NOT HAPPEN
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EMILIO AGUINALDO
  • SO HE BECAME AN ENEMY OF THE U.S. IT TOOK THE U. S. 3 YEARS TO CATCH HIM.
  • EMILIO AGUINALDO IS THE FAMOUS FILIPINO FREEDOM FIGHTER WHO FOUGHT FURIOUSLY FOR FILIPINO FREEDOM, BUT FAILED.
after the war
AFTER THE WAR
  • EMILIO AGUINALDO SETS UP PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT AND PROCLAIMS HIMSELF PRESIDENT
  • FILIPINO REBELS FIGHT 3-YEAR WAR AGAINST U.S.
  • 1902- CONGRESS PASSES PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT ACT
  • ACT STATES THAT PHILIPPINES WOULD BE RULED BY A GOVERNOR AND TWO-HOUSE LEGISLATURE
war in the philippines
WAR IN THE PHILIPPINES
  • TO SUM IT ALL UP:
  • FIRST BATTLE W/ SPAIN OCCURS IN SPANISH COLONY, THE PHILIPPINES
  • COMMODORE GEORGE DEWEY DESTROYS SPANISH FLEET IN MANILA HARBOR
  • FILIPINOS, LED BY EMILIO AGUINALDO, SUPPORT DEWEY
  • AUGUST, 1898, SPANISH TROOPS IN MANILA SURRENDER TO U.S.
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T. ROOSEVELT
  • AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, HE IS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE NAVY.
  • HE QUIT THIS JOB SO THAT HE COULD FIGHT WITH THE ROUGH RIDERS!!!
roosevelt s rough riders
ROOSEVELT’S ROUGH RIDERS
  • MOSTLY COWBOYS AND COLLEGE ATHLETES
  • BATTLE OF
  • SAN JUAN HILL
  • & KETTLE HILL
  • .
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ROUGH RIDERS
  • Once in Cuba, one regiment, called the Rough Riders, advanced on the city of Santiago.
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ROUGH RIDERS
  • THEY WERE LED BY THEODORE ROOSEVELT, AND INCLUDED AN ASSORTMENT OF COLLEGE ATHLETES, COWBOYS, MINERS, AND LAW OFFICERS.
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Rough Riders
  • ROUGH RIDERS-, THEODORE ROOSEVELT LEADS A VOLUNTEER CAVALRY UNIT
  • ROOSEVELT DECLARED HERO OF ATTACK ON STRATEGIC SAN JUAN HILL
  • SPANISH FLEET TRIES TO ESCAPE BLOCKADE AND IS DESTROYED IN NAVAL BATTLE
  • US TROOPS INVADE PUERTO RICO SOON AFTER
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ROUGH RIDERS
  • THEY WERE ON FOOT B/C THEIR HORSES WERE STILL IN FLORIDA. T.R. HAD A HORSE. THEY CHARGED UP SAN JUAN HILL, AND HELPED CAPTURE THE CITY.
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ROUGH RIDERS
  • THEY ACTUALLY WERE THE SECOND FORCES TO GO UP SAN JUAN HILL & KETTLE HILL. THEY WERE BEHIND AN ALL BLACK REGIMENT THAT WERE EXCELLENT SOLDIERS. HOWEVER, IN THEIR TIME, THEY DID NOT RECEIVE ANY OF THE CREDIT!
who fought where
WHO FOUGHT & WHERE
  • COMMODORE GEORGE DEWEY FOUGHT AND WON THE PHILIPPINES.
  • REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM T. SAMPSON BLOCKADED THE SPANISH FLEET IN SANTIAGO, CUBA
  • ROUGH RIDERS FOUGHT THE BATTLE OF SAN JUAN HILL, OUTSIDE OF SANTIAGO
american soldiers
AMERICAN SOLDIERS
  • THE ARMY WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THIS WAR
  • MANY SOLDIERS FOUGHT THIS WAR IN WINTER, WOOL UNIFORMS
  • MANY FOUGHT WITH ANTIQUE, CIVIL WAR GUNS
  • MANY OF THE OFFICERS HAD FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR!!!
10 th cavalry
10TH CAVALRY
  • AMONG OTHER REGIMENTS WERE THE ALL-BLACK 10TH CAVALRY REGIMENT.
  • THEY IDENTIFIED WITH THE CUBANS’ STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM AND BECAUSE THEY HOPED IT WOULD IMPROVE THEIR OWN LOT IN LIFE. IT DID NOT HAPPEN.
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AMERICAN SOLDIERS
  • ALSO, THEIR AMMO WAS OUT-OF-DATE, THERE WERE NO MEDICAL SUPPLIES, AND RATIONS INCLUDED INEDIBLE MEAT THAT THE SOLDIERS CALLED “EMBALMED BEEF”!!!ooohh
treaty of paris 1898
TREATY OF PARIS, 1898
  • CUBA IS FREE OF SPANISH RULE
  • U.S. GETS PUERTO RICO & GUAM
  • U.S. GETS/BUYS/ANNEXES THE PHILIPPINES AND GIVES SPAIN $20 MILLION
debate over the treaty
DEBATE OVER THE TREATY
  • TREATY OF PARIS TOUCHES OFF GREAT DEBATE
  • THE QUESTION WAS DID IMPERIALISM GO AGAINST U.S. TRADITION?
  • HOWEVER, IT WAS RATIFIED
after the spanish american war
AFTER THE SPANISH AMERICAN WAR
  • THE U.S. IS NOW A WORLD POWER!!
  • THE U.S. NOW HAS COLONIES/POSSESSIONS!!
splendid little war
SPLENDID LITTLE WAR!!.
  • 3,289 AMERICAS DIED, ONLY 332 WERE FROM BATTLE WOUNDS.
  • THE REST DIED FROM DISEASES SUCH AS MALARIA AND YELLOW FEVER. ALSO, MANY DIED FROM SPOILED FOOD!!!!
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SPLENDID LITTLE WAR
  • THE WAR GOT THIS NICKNAME FROM SEC. OF STATE JOHN HAY. HE CALLED IT THIS BECAUSE IT WAS SHORT AND HAD A LOW DEATH RATE.
  • T. ROOSEVELT ALWAYS CALLED IT THE SPLENDID LITTLE WAR. SO, MANY THINK HE ORIGINATED THE NICKNAME.
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AFTER THE WAR
  • THE ARMISTICE LEFT AMERICANS IN CONTROL OF THE SPANISH-OWNED PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.
  • STRONG FEELINGS DEVELOPED AGAINST THE U.S. ACQUIRING THE ISLANDS.
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THE U.S. ENCOUNTERED PROBLEMS IN TRYING TO GOVERN THE PHILIPPINES.

  • THE 7,100 ISLANDS HAD 7.5 MILLION PEOPLE AND 43 DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS, SPEAKING 87 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES AND DIALECTS.
after the war phillipines
AFTER THE WAR--PHILLIPINES
  • THE PEOPLE RANGED FROM LIVING IN THE FORESTS TO HIGHLY LITERATE CITY DWELLERS.
  • ONCE IT BECAME CLEAR THAT ANNEXATION WAS PROBABLE, A NEW UPRISING BROKE OUT - THIS TIME AGAINST THE AMERICANS.
after the war philipines
AFTER THE WAR --PHILIPINES
  • A REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT WAS SET UP UNDER EMILIO AGUINALDO.
  • FIGHTING BROKE OUT BETWEEN U.S. AND FILIPINO FORCES IN FEBRUARY 1899.
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AGUINALDO’S CAPTURE IN MARCH 1901 BASICALLY ENDED THE FILIPINO EFFORT.

  • 60,000 TROOPS AND 3 YEARS OF FIGHTING WERE NEEDED TO SUPPRESS THE PATRIOTS AND END THE REVOLT.
  • AFTER THIS, THEY DEPORTED HIM!
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THERE WERE SEVERAL CHANGES DURING THE FIRST YEARS OF U.S. RULE IN THE PHILIPPINES:

    • THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REPLACED SPANISH AS THE LANGUAGE OF GENERAL USAGE.
    • AMERICANS WERE PERMITTED TO SELL THEIR GOODS TARIFF-FREE.
    • STREET NAMES WERE AMERICANIZED.
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RESENTMENT AGAINST AMERICAN RULE WAS PARTIALLY RELIEVED WHEN WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT WAS APPOINTED AS THE FIRST CIVILIAN GOVERNOR.

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HE STARTED A PROGRAM TO PREPARE THE FILIPINOS FOR SELF-GOVERNMENT, AND ESTABLISHED PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

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TAFT DIDN’T BELIEVE THEY WERE READY FOR INDEPENDENCE, HOWEVER. B/C WWII, THE PHILIPPINES DID NOT GET THEIR INDEPENDENCE UNTIL JULY 4, 1946.

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PLATT AMENDMENT
  • CUBA IS A PROTECTORATE OF THE U.S.
  • U.S. WRITES THE CUBAN CONSTITUTION AND PUTS THE PLATT AMENDMENT IN THE CONSTITUTION.
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Platt Amendment
  • DOES NOT ALLOW CUBA TO GO INTO DEBT; ALSO STIPULATES – NO TREATIES THAT LET FOREIGN POWER CONTROL LAND
  • US HAS RIGHT TO INTERVENE
  • US CAN BUY OR LEASE LAND FOR NAVAL BASES– GUANTANAMO BAY
  • USING THIS, THE U.S. INTERVENED IN CUBA 4 TIMES
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PLATT AMENDMENT
  • IN 1934, PRES. F. D. ROOSEVELT ABROGATED (ABOLISHED ) THE PLATT AMENDMENT.
  • THIS IS PART OF HIS GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY
  • THE U.S. KEPT THE NAVAL BASES.
puerto rico
PUERTO RICO
  • SMOOTH TRANSITION FROM MILITARY TO CIVILIAN RULE.
  • THEY OPERATED UNDER THE FORAKER ACT FOR A FEW YEARS.
  • THEN, STARTING IN 1917, THEY RECEIVED VARYING DEGREES OF SELF GOVERNMENT.
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PUERTO RICO
  • IN 1917 THEY WERE GRANTED TERRITORIAL STATUS AND MADE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES
  • IN 1952, THEY BECAME A COMMONWEALTH.
  • .
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PUERTO RICO
  • SO, PUERTO RICO MAKES THEIR OWN LAWS, HANDLES ITS OWN FINANCES, WHILE THE U. S. TAKES CARE OF THEIR DEFENSE AND TARIFFS. THEY ARE U.S. CITIZENS.
  • RESIDENT OF PUERTO RICO MAY MOVE FREELY BETWEEN THE ISLAND AND THE U.S.
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PUERTO RICO
  • IF THEY WANTED TO, THEY COULD BECOME A STATE
  • THEY HAVE TAKEN SEVERAL VOTES ON THIS ISSUE AND SO FAR, THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE A STATE!!!
  • THEY SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO WASHINGTON TO SPEAK FOR THEM.
  • THEY SERVE IN THE U.S. MILITARY & FOLLOW MOST FEDERAL LAWS.