Essay About Imperialism

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When people think of America they think of greatness, freedom, and opportunities. However, the words people may never hear are greed, self-centered, and much more. Throughout the years America has gone through so much to become the nation it is today. Some of the things may not have been the best decision or the right thing to do, but America has moved on from those decisions. When one country steps in and tries to help a weaker country it is called imperialism. America may have jumped into situations with other countries to help them, but they never seem to find the right way of doing things. However, to see the ways America has used its power to intervene with other countries is through the Annexation of Hawaii, the Spanish-American War, …show more content…
After the Spanish-American War ended, Spain gave up the Philippines to the United States in the Treaty of Paris. However, just a few days before the ratification of the treaty, fighting broke out between the American forces and the Filipino Nationalists led by Emilio Aguinaldo. The Filipinos were fighting for independence rather than a change in colonial ruler. The war lasted over three years and many Filipino civilians died due to violence, famine, and disease. Before America tried to take the island, there were many domestic controversy. Many people believed in the reasons why they should have control over the island like, business opportunities with Asia, the Filipinos aren’t capable of self-rule, and if they didn’t take the land then places such as Germany or Japan could take the land. However, there were many Americans who disagreed with take the Philippeans. There were two parts this war. The first part was mostly Emilios “Ill-fated attempts to fight the better-trained and equipped American troops.” (history.state) The second part was the shift of the Filipinos fighting style, they changed to a guerrilla-style warfare. The second part of the war lasted until Emilio was captured in 1901 and by the time 1902 started most of the Filipino resistance had faded. President Theodore Roosevelt stated that the conflict was over on July 4,

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