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8 pages in length. At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was on the verge of becoming one of the world's most important imperial powers. The combination of public pressure, foreign policy elite and agricultural/industrial capitalism clearly signaled a massive global change of significant proportions. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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pressure, foreign policy elite and agricultural/industrial capitalism clearly signaled a massive global change of significant proportions. "America became an imperial power and a recognized world leader in the 1890s,
but both accomplishments represented the results of a century of growing economic might" (Development of the United States). One of the most telltale signs of Americas growing imperialism at
the turn of the century was that of the Spanish-American War. II. IMPERIAL POWER THROUGH WAR The Spanish-American War of 1898 was
a crucial entity in the long-term relations between Spain and the United States. As a result, Spain was faced to tackle many changes in the way it had been
conducting its political business. But perhaps the biggest slap in the face for Spain was having to come to terms with the loss of control over its overseas empire
-- Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippine islands, Guam (The Spanish/American War). Simply speaking, Cubans wanted their independence from Spain, and Americans sought world power. While there may have
been several factors behind the ultimate cause of the Spanish-American War, the single event that remains the foremost instigator was the sinking of the battleship U.S.S. Maine on February 15,
1898 in Havana harbor (The Spanish/American War). But tensions were high between Spain and the United States long before the Maine took her
hit. It all began back in October, 1873 when the Spanish war steamer Tornado seized a boat called the Virginius on account of the American flag it was displaying.
Thinking the Americans aboard were relating munitions back to Cuban rebels, they acted on their assumption of such activities and captured all aboard the vessel. Things only got