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Posted March 13, 2009 at 6:27 AM via web

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In what ways did the US begin to expand its interest abroad in the late 1800s?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 13, 2009 at 7:53 AM (Answer #2)

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Definitely with trade to other nations.  Import and export of resources and products...food items, materials, spices, tea, ...all were valued commodities.

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lalitmawkin | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 13, 2009 at 8:23 AM (Answer #3)

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In eighteenth century Imperialism was the name of the game of the Powerful nations like Britain,Dutch,Spain,Portugal and France--but after second world war America became a nation with Technology as its strong weapon--They didnot follow other countries example of expanionism and rather looked for markets abroad for their Arms,Aeroplanes and Steel/Railways--and see its results--American technological domination on the World as a whole--

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afi80fl | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM (Answer #4)

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If you've ever seen "The Last Samurai", you get a up close look at the way in which the Americans sought to sell weapondry and war tactics training to the Empire of Japan.  The Japanese wished to become a major world player, but their military was a bit less than capable.  So, Americans were willing to sell their American-made rifles to international buyers in exchange for a good price.  Because of the wild west and the need to constantly upgrade weapons in order to efficiently wipe out any enemies on the frontier, weapons manufacturing was one way in which the American export product was successful.

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lalitmawkin | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 16, 2009 at 2:06 AM (Answer #5)

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You are right--weapons and Defence equipment sales were a major booster to American economy after world war--then on it has been technology of all kinds and creating dependance on US technology companies and ofcourse Financial groups--and once US slipped--see what has happened--

It will be interesting to watch how Science and technology can bring in alternative energy solutions to counter Petro dollars and Arab empires--

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 7, 2009 at 5:03 AM (Answer #6)

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Till nearly the close of 19th century USA did not take very much interest in expanding its power in the world, or in interfering with wars of other countries. Till about 1890 it was weak militarily. It did not have much influence or interest in international politics. However things began to change in 1890's.

USA aided the rebels in Cuba fighting Spain, which ruled Cuba at that time. In 1998 USA declared war on Spain and defeated it. IN 1901 Roosevelt became the president and adopted the policy of "speak softly but carry a big stick". This meant combining diplomatic efforts with military power. IN accordance with this policy USA was able to secure right to dig Panama Canal by threats to use force. In 1905 it took over the finances of Dominion Republic to keep it stable and protect it from European intervention. With these and other similar actions USA emerged as a World power.

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 31, 2009 at 3:21 PM (Answer #7)

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I think that a sense of American nationalism or exceptionalism might have been a reason for expanding interests abroad.  It seemed that a combination of industrialization, the acquisition of wealth, and the belief that America was "chosen" (a la O'Sullivan's Manifest Destiny) seemed to contribute to a bold push to expanding interests outside of America.  The combination, or some would say "collusion," of economic and political interests led to greater interest abroad.

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