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William Seward

Secretary of State who was responsible for purchasing Alaskan Territory from Russia. By purchasing Alaska, he expanded the territory of the country at a reasonable price.


A policy in which a strong nation seeks to dominate other countries poitically, socially, and economically.

Spanish American War

war in 1898 that began when US demanded Cub's

Anti Imperialist League

A movement opposed to any form of colonialism or imperialism. It is also against wars of conquest and expansion of countries. Carnegie and Mark Twain were part of this group.

Monroe Doctrine

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

Open Door Policy

A policy proposed by the US in 1899, under which ALL nations would have equal opportunities to trade in China.

Panama Canal

shortcut that would connect the Atlantic and Pacific

Platt Amendment

gave the US the right to intervene in Cuban affairs

Roosevelt Corollary

Addition to the Monroe Doctrine asserting America's right to intervene in Latin American affairs

Rough Riders

1st US Volutantary Cavalry organized by Theodore

Sphere of influence

areas where foreign nations claimed special rights and
economic privilieges

USS Maine

an US warship that mysteriously exploded and sank in the
harbor of Havana,Cuba in 1898

yellow journalism

a style of journalism that exaggerates and sensationalizes
the news

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