At times growing like a cancer across the planet and at other times, acting as a swift military force, America is the world's greatest superpower.
Small States are of the past and have no future. The modern movement is all toward the concentration of people and territory into great nations and large dominions. The great nations are rapidly absorbing for their future expansion and their present defence all the waste places of the earth…. As one of the great nations of the world, the United States must not fall out of the line of march. -Senator Henry Cabot
Whether it be its cultural, economic or military, America's influence can be felt in every corner of the world.
As the founding fathers penned the constitution they envisioned a young country growing into an empire . From presidential policy to presidential underhandedness, Imperialism can be seen in every administration. It has been justified as in the name of democracy and as necessary to the economy. Whatever face may be given to it, imperialism has always been a part of the American way.
Lewis and Clark Expedition
One of the earliest examples of American imperialism can be seen in the Lewis and Clark expedition. These all- American heroes set out on an expedition to explore the recently acquired Louisiana Purchase in 1803. During this three year expedition Meriwether Lewis and William Clark studied the flora and fauna, discovered resources and mapped out one of America's largest purchases ever. But as these two men explored the Mississippi, they did far more than explore on behalf of Thomas Jefferson. The territory was purchased from France for 15 million dollars and on their journey Lewis and Clark blazed a trail declaring American sovereignty in the West, expanding the horizons of American trade, acting as delegates of peace between Indian nations and establishing a profitable relationship with the natives. This was the first major geographical expansion of the United States. Not
only had it gained nearly 530 million acres but the what this expansion gave us more than anything was a new audience and opportunity to spread American culture. Millions of natives were forced into the American way of life and the newly gained access tot the Mississippi proves to become yet another launching pad for future imperialistic endeavors.
Secretary of State William H. Seward was most well known in the phrases “Seward's folly” or “Seward's Icebox”, a 586,000 square mile addition to the United States. This land grab was one of the United States largest in its history. Historically more land has equaled more power and what the purchase of Alaska did was bring the United States billions of dollars of natural resources. Purchased in 1867 from Russia, Alaska was a win for American imperialism.
Presidential Imperial Policy
American imperialism can not be purely blamed on the passing of acts by congress, as seen in several administrations, some...