Evan 20-21 History


the policy of strong nations extending political, economic, and military control over weaker nations

Extractive Economies

imperial country removed resources and sent them home


economic goods or products before they are processed and/or given a brand name, such as a product of agriculture

Alfred T Mahan

naval officer military historian, said US needed modern navy and bases to service it; wanted canal through Central America

U.S.S. Maine

U.S. Battleship that exploded in Havana Harbor in 1898; Evidence suggests an internal explosion, however Spanish military was framed by Yellow Journalism; The incident was a catalyst for the Spanish American War

Social Darwinism

belief that only fittest survive, used to justify imperialism

Frederick Jackson Turner

said the US needed colonies to replace the frontier as "safety valve" to prevent discontent; The Significance of the Frontier in American History

Commodore Matthew Perry

sailed US fleet 1853 into Tokyo Bay, opened trade with Japan, made Japan realize they had fallen behind in military technology

Seward's Folly

1867 Sect of State William Seward purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million; thought to be frozen wasteland, nearly doubled size of US, natural resources

Queen Liliuokalani

the Hawaiian queen who was forced out of power by a revolution started by American business interests