An increase in china's economic and military power has enabled its navy to extend its operational area the controversy was fueled by the united states giving direct and robust assurances to japan over the territorial issue while i agree with smith's observations, the presence of threat perception is not. The other, from the polk administration's desire to acquire mexico's northern territories of alta california and nuevo méxico president polk did not want war per se he initially hoped that mexico would agree to american border claims and sell the desired territories to the united states when mexico refused, polk provoked. Open door policy was rooted in the desire of us businesses to trade with chinese markets, though it also tapped the deep-seated sympathies of those who opposed imperialism, with the policy pledging to protect china's sovereignty and territorial integrity from partition it had little legal standing, and was mainly used to. In the war of 1812, the united states took on the greatest naval power in the world, great britain, in a conflict that would have an immense impact on the young causes of the war included british attempts to restrict us trade, the royal navy's impressment of american seamen and america's desire to expand its territory. Now, let's turn to another effort by the us government to gain territory in the pacific - this time through the need to obtain fertilizer for our growing agricultural economy the territories in the pacific still claimed by the united states under the act are baker, jarvis, swains, and howland islands the johnston, palmrya, and. During the first quarter of the nineteenth century the united states grew drastically, in power and in geographical size the louisiana purchase more than their descendents had not forgotten this desire, and encouraged expansion into western territories through laws and rhetoric the first wave of westward expansion. But where the products of land no longer determine market and power relationships, a new form of state is being born: the virtual nation, a nation based on mobile capital in the past, when military conflict and the desire for territory determined relations between nations, the main flow between countries consisted of armies. Open door policy, statement of principles initiated by the united states in 1899 and 1900 for the protection of equal privileges among countries trading with china and in support of chinese territorial and administrative integrity the statement was issued in the form of circular notes dispatched by us secretary of state john.
With signs that the united states will retreat from a leadership role under the trump administration, china has positioned itself as a champion of globalization and economic integration, perhaps signaling a desire to step in as a greater international leader it is doing this by doubling down on soft power,. However, as american interests in hawaii grew- with the american desire for naval bases, territorial expansion, and the need to maintain a position in the international race for power- the united states annexed the hawaiian islands moreover, as previously mentioned, by acquiring hawaii, the united. While americans generally objected to european colonies in the americas, they also desired to increase united states influence and trading ties european colonial power, it is notable that the colonies and territories of british north america were not included in the implementation of the monroe doctrine. In may, us troops landed in puerto rico, where they faced little spanish opposition by august 2, the spanish and the americans began to negotiate an end to the conflict, with the spanish accepting the peace terms laid out by president mckinley the spanish-american war: the united states becomes a world power.
Imperialism refers to the push by a nation to influence and control other countries in a move to expand into their territories the imperial power will the lure of economic interests and increasing spheres of influence around the world helped the united states become an imperial power many believe that part of the reason. Age of old imperialism, european nations established colonies in the americas, india, south africa, and the east indies, and gained territory along the coasts of africa and china meanwhile, europe's commercial revolution created new needs and desires for wealth and raw materials mercantilists maintained that colonies.
A watershed event in american history, the purchase of the louisiana territory from france in 1803 nearly doubled the land mass of the young nation: for a purchase price of $15 million, the united states increased its size by some 828,000 square miles the region included the mississippi river and its tributaries westward. The answer is largely simple, but troubling: because the desires and power of the united states military have overwhelmed the desires and rights of colonized peoples 3:55 isolated at their urging, the government held onto guam and the other colonies as what euphemistically became called territories. In the next thirty years the united states would participate in two wars, acquire territorial possessions in far-flung areas of the globe as it created an empire for itself, and early americans felt that if the united states allied itself with any european power, the new country would soon become entangled in the perpetual power.
The united states' military was small because the country was situated between two large oceans and was surrounded by weak or friendly nations it faced no serious military threats and had little interest in asserting military power overseas from the civil war until the 1890s, most americans had little interest in territorial.
Expanding the boundaries of the united states was in many ways a cultural war as well the desire of southerners to find more lands suitable for cotton cultivation would eventually spread slavery to these regions north of the mason-dixon line, many citizens were deeply concerned about adding any more slave states. In 1890, captain alfred thayer mahan, a lecturer in naval history and the president of the united states naval war college, published the influence of sea power upon history, 1660–1783, a revolutionary analysis of the importance of naval power as a factor in the rise of the british empire two years later, he completed a. Us navy admiral, urged government officials to build up american naval power in order to compete with powerful nations --desire to gain new markets(to counter overproduction+euro tariffs) and raw materials(to expand industrialization quickly), belief that more land would fuel economic growth and thus increase.