How and why did the U.S become a player on the world stage?what political, cutural, social, and economic forces cause america to be interested in places and events beyond its borders. the causes...

How and why did the U.S become a player on the world stage?

what political, cutural, social, and economic forces cause america to be interested in places and events beyond its borders. the causes and results of the spanish american war.

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The event that most historians associate with the U.S. becoming a world power is the Spanish-American War. This war began when rumors of Spanish cruelty towards the people of the island colony of Cuba began circulating thanks in large part to newspaper owned by William Randolph Hurst. When a U.S. battleship, the Maine, was destroyed in Havana harbor, the U.S. decided the time had come to intervene and the war was launched.

After this war concluded in the favor of the United States, it began taking on more of a role in conflicts, treaties and agreements between nations. The U.S. began acquiring territories and off-shore colonies such as Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines. Under the guidance of then president Theodore Roosevelt, the U.S. began flexing its muscle and a new world power. Roosevelt sent the U.S. Navy around the world, starts a coup in Columbia in order to build the Panama Canal, and greatly expanded and reorganized the Army and Navy.

The U.S. continued on this path towards modernity, eventually flaunting its new power and prestige when it entered World War I in 1917 and was a major player at the peace talks.

 

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