With victory in the Spanish-American War, the United States became a major factor in international affairs. What are some instances in which the US took an active role in foreign affairs between the end of the Spanish-American War and the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
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As you say, the United States did become more of a world power during this time. Most of the things that it did in foreign affairs were centered on the Caribbean and the rest of America's "backyard." However, it did take some actions farther afield. Some of its most important actions were:
- Mediating the end of the Russo-Japanese War. President Theodore Roosevelt brought the governments of Russia and Japan together and helped them bring about an end to the war between them in 1905.
- Pushing for the "Open Door" in China. Early in the 1900s, the US pushed to be give access to trade with China. It demanded access equal to that enjoyed by the Europeans.
- Intervening in various countries in Latin America. The US intervened in many countries, taking effective control of such countries as Haiti, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
All of these occurred between the end of the Spanish-American War and the beginning of WWI.
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