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Isolationism ('loner')

having little to do with political affairs of other nations

Washington's Farewell Address

advised the nations to steer clear of permanent alliances.

Sewards Folly

Purchase of Alaska

Remember the Maine

Rally cry to raise support for war with Spain


The opening up of country boarders for trade

collective security

countries join together for defensive purposes

Monroe Doctrine

an American foreign policy opposing interference in the Western hemisphere from outside powers

Open Door Policy

any nation can trade in the spheres of others


a very powerful nation (US and USSR)


an organized rebellion aimed at overthrowing a constituted government through the use of subversion and armed conflict


a national policy of actively trading with foreign countries to foster peace

the "white mans burden"

Story by Rudyard Kipling stating that Americans had the duty to spread culture and religion

spheres of influence

an area usually around a seaport where a nation had special trading privilages. each nation had laws for its own citizens


a group of countries under a single authority


policy of extending a nation's boundaries

commodore Matthew Perry

the commodore of the u.s. navy who compelled the opening of Japan to the west

Alfred Thayer Mahan

United States naval officer and historian (1840-1914)

Queen liluokalani

The queen of Hawaii that stopped the growth but later was forced to give in

The Rough Riders

The first volenteer cavalry regiment, led by teddy roosevelt.

Commodore George Dewey

admiral of the united states navy and best known for his victory during the spanish - american war

Emilio Aguinaldo

leader of the rebels in the filopenes

Theodore Roosevelt

26th President of the United States, 26th President of the United States

Roosevelt Corollary

in addition the Monroe Doctrine, it would keep the foreign forces out of Latin America and America and would force Latin America to pay their debts

Mexican American War

War between Mexicans and Americans over the annexation of Texas

Spanish American War

(1898) War in which Spain lost all its recognition but America became recognized as a superpower

Annexation of Hawaii

example of imperalism, wanted only for economic reasons, anglosaxonism

Boxer rebellion

A 1900 Uprising in China aimed at ending foreign influence in the country.

Building of the Panama Canal

Very difficult progect that impacted pacific-atlantic shipping. Finished by USA under teddy roosevelt. 27,500 died during construction.

Phillippine Insurrection

flips wage guerrilla war against US, lots of people died

purchase of alaska

the US bought Alaska from the Russians because the Russians wanted to rid of it and the US wanted it for its location, bought by William Seward

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