In the end, though, the decision of the majority was to attempt to expand, or assist foreign countries.
In order to expand, sea power was believed to be a necessity. Mahan, three things were necessary to become more powerful at sea: protection of harbors, control of coaling stations around the United States, and naval force (Document C).
By the late 19th century, however, domestic concerns suppressed just enough to let foreign issues take the spotlight.
Prior to the late 19th century, the United States was preoccupied with domestic affairs and simply used the Monroe Doctrine as their lone foreign policy.
This is a prime example of how incidents in Latin American countries forced presidents to act rapidly and without much thought, causing America to form a bold and aggressive foreign policy.
According to the United States, democracy and Christianity were principal elements of a successful society.
II DBQ What role did Imperialism play in shaping U. foreign policy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries?
America also became increasingly concerned with intervening in Latin American affairs and spreading democracy to less powerful nations.
Throughout the history of the United States, her ideas of expansion were altered.
According to certain views, expansionism did not change in the late nineteenth-century to the early twentieth-century while others viewed expansionism to have stayed the same.