Was America imperialistic in the 1840s?

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If any of you can answer that question I'd be forever greatful. I know it has something to do with the oregon territory, and the mexican war but...lets just say I am hating AP right now.
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yes it was imperialist way of thinking at that time, of course we americans ( I call myself an american with a cuban background) denied it.
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PS: History is my favorite class.
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lol /me knows who to come to when I need american histroy help :D
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imperial? :scratchhead:
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America was certainly expansionist during this time. The concept of Manifest Destiny was promoted to lay claim to much of the North American continent and encourage westward expansion. According to Manifest Destiny expansion was a right or even a duty. Little, if any, consideration was given to the native indian populations.

Since Webster's defines imperialism as the policy, practice, or advocacy of extending the power and dominion of a nation especially by direct territorial acquisitions or by gaining indirect control over the political or economic life of other areas, I would have to say that the expansion during this time could be characterized as imperialism, since much of the area laid claim to and eventually acquired was under the control of Mexico and Britain.

The Oregon dispute in the northwest was eventually settled by negotiation, and most of the non-native people in the disputed area were American settlers. However, the situation in the south and southwest led to war with Mexico and a huge territorial acquisition under the treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo.
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well I guess RichB is a better encyclopedia :lol: ... By God just look at that explanation.


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lol /me knows who to come to when I need american histroy help

Thank you... but I would not advice you that, because my english could confuse you more than help you...
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Shadow Knight wrote:
well I guess RichB is a better encyclopedia :lol: ... By God just look at that explanation.

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I actually studied US History and got a degree in liberal arts before I switched to computers when I realized I liked using the computers to do researching on the internet much better than I liked writing the actual research papers. I still find it pretty fascinating and enjoy reading about it though.
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imperial? :scratchhead:
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Ahahahaha rofl :lol:
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I still find it pretty fascinating and enjoy reading about it though.


yeah got to love history. 8) :lol:
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