What were the pros and cons of American Imperialism?

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There are advantages of American imperialism. One advantage is that it allowed our nation to grow. By establishing colonies, we were able to get raw materials from the places we colonized. We paid less for these raw materials than if we would have bought them from other countries. We could...

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There are advantages of American imperialism. One advantage is that it allowed our nation to grow. By establishing colonies, we were able to get raw materials from the places we colonized. We paid less for these raw materials than if we would have bought them from other countries. We could also sell the finished products made by our industries to our colonies. This benefitted our industries and our economy. Additionally, by having colonies around the world, we were able to increase our power and have military bases around the world.

There are disadvantages to American imperialism. It can be very costly to maintain a colony. The infrastructure costs are high. It also is costly to establish a government. Sometimes, the people in the colony don’t want us there. We then may have to put down rebellions in these places. Sometimes, local traditions or ways of life are destroyed when a colony is established. This could give Americans a negative reputation in the eyes of the world, especially if we are in a place where we aren’t wanted. Finally, we have to protect these colonies in case of war or threat of attack.

There are advantages and disadvantages of American imperialism.

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