Believed that the time was right for the United States to expand its interests abroad.
When stronger nations attempt to create empires by dominating weaker nations - economically, politically, culturally, or militarily.
Devotion to one's nation.
To join a new territory to an existing country.
Advised Americans to "steer clear of permanent alliances" with other countries.
As early as the 1820's, this term had been the main principle of foreign policy in the United States.
Helped the United States to justify its policies toward Mexico
Sent 50,000 troops to the Mexican border after France placed an emperor on the Mexican throne. This man also bought Alaska from Russia.
(Commodore) Matthew Perry
Led an American fleet that sailed into Tokyo Bay. He convinced Japan to open trade relations with the United States.
Ulysses S. Grant
Announced that in the future the Monroe Doctrine would protect all territories in these two regions (Caribbean islands and Latin American) from "transfer to a European power."
Minor C. Keith
Provided financial services to the Costa Rican government. In return, he won long-term leases for lands and railroad lines.
Keith's United Fruit Company
Minor C. Keith. This company exported 50 million bunches of bananas a year to the US, but more importantly played a significant role in the governments and economies of Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Nickname for Central American nations.
Navy officer whose ideas on naval warfare and the importance of sea-power changed how America viewed its navy.
"The Influence of Sea Power Upon History"
Book written by Alfred T. Mahan, where he argue that the nation's economic future hinged on gaining new markets abroad. He said that the US needed a powerful navy to protect these markets from foreign rivals.
Naval Advisory Board
A Congress established board that pushed to increase the navy's budget.
Naval Act of 1890
Called for the construction of more battleships, gunboats, torpedo boats, and cruisers.
A policy that calls for expanding a nation's boundaries or economy.