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Treaty of Wanghsia

Agreement between China and the USA signed in 1844 which opened several chinese ports to american trade.

Venezuela Crisis

Confrontation in 1895 between the British and the Americans over Venezuela's eastern border with British Guiana; President Cleveland's secretary of state invoked the monroe doctrine, and the british backed off.

Teller Amendment

Legislation that barred the United States from annexing Cuba, forcing it to leave Cuba independent once the Spanish-American War was over.

Rough Riders

The most colorful contingent of the American forces in the Spanish-American War, led by Theodore Roosevelt.

Platt Amendment

Legislation intended to over-rule the Teller Amendment and then added to the Cuban Constitution, allowing the United States to militarily intervene on the island whenever revolution threatened.

Boxer Rebellion

Conflict that erupted in China in 1900; Chinese nationalists attacked embassies in Beijing in an attempt to oust foreigners.

dollar Diplomacy

Policy of using american troops to advance the interests of the american business community.


Primitive but effective submarine invented by the germans and used extensively in WWI.

War Bonds

Securities bought by ordinary people to fund and support the war effort

Espionage Act

Legislation that meted out large fines and twenty-year jail terms to anyone who protested the draft or said anything that might impede the war effort.

Fourteen Points

Declaration by President Wilson that outlined the principles he believed should shape the postwar peace settlement; a blueprint for what he called "a world made fit and safe to live in".

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