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Why did John Hay send the 'Open Door Note' to the Germans? What was the U.S. worried about?

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Why did John Hay send the 'Open Door Note' to the Germans? What was the U.S. worried about?

The Open Door Policy:

In the late 1800s/early 1900s America began to expand its influence around the world as they became a military superpower and a wealthier nation. European countries had already created colonies in Asia and Africa. Many in the U.S. supported the idea of the U.S. gaining overseas territory or being an influence in overseas markets.

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John Hay sent the Open Door Note to Germany and other major powers in Europe in 1899. Hay's goal was to give the United States the ability to fairly...

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American Imperialism Around the Globe

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Imperialism is the general expansion of a nation, accompanied by the exertion of power over other nations in the process. Learn the pattern of American imperialism demonstrated in westward expansion, overseas expansion, and the use of economic and cultural imperialism through capitalist ventures.


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