Westward Expansion and U.S. Overseas Empire: 1865–1898

Authored by: Anne Paulet

The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History

Print publication date:  June  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415888479
eBook ISBN: 9781135070991
Adobe ISBN: 9781135071028


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In 1898, the United States declared war on Spain and began a clear imperial adventure with the consequent acquisition of overseas territories. Yet the roots for this imperialism lay with earlier frontier expansion and settlement across the West aided by the U.S. Army and its removal of Native Americans to reservations. At the same time, Americans were conquering the continent in the wake of the Civil War, and growing American industrial might was sending Americans around the world in search of markets, converts, and coaling stations. Backed by an expanding navy, Americans sought to broaden their penetration and control of various Pacific territories, even before the United States explicitly joined the scramble for empire at the turn of the century.

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