1866-1913 Rise To Global Power U.S. Department of Seal
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1776-1783
1784-1800
1801-1829
1830-1860
1861-1865
1866-1913
1914-1920
1921-1936
1937-1945
1946-1968
1969-1989
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The Purchase of Alaska
| The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America, and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region.
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Venezuela Boundrary Dispute
| The Venezuelan Boundary Dispute officially began in 1841, when the Venezuelan Government protested alleged British encroachment on Venezuelan territory.
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Hay's Open Door to China
| Americans dreamed of building prosperity at home through trade with China. To achieve this political leaders and businessmen assumed that China needed to be stable, unified, and open to international commerce.
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The Panama Canal
| President Theodore Roosevelt oversaw the realization of a long-term United States goal—a trans-isthmian canal.
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US Diplomacy and the Telegraph
| The development of the electric telegraph greatly changed the way diplomacy was conducted in the 19th century. Until that time information was exchanged at the speed of a sailing ship or a galloping horse.
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Rise to Global Power
1866-1913

Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines become part of the United States; new Pan American relationships are created; and the telegraph accelerates diplomatic communication.

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Blaine and Pan Americanism
| [Image of Blaine] President-elect Garfield named James G. Blaine, his former rival for the Republican presidential nomination, to his cabinet as Secretary of State.
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Annexation of Hawaii
| America's annexation of Hawaii in 1898 extended U.S. territory into the Pacific and highlighted resulted from economic integration and the rise of the United States as a Pacific power.
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Roosevelt Corollary
| President Theodore Roosevelt's assertive approach to Latin America and the Caribbean has often been characterized as the "Big Stick," and his policy came to be know as the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine.
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Dollar Diplomacy
| From 1909 to 1913, President William Howard Taft and Secretary of State Philander C. Knox followed a foreign policy characterized as "dollar diplomacy."
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