US Imperialism in the Americas: Causes, Timeline & Examples


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Why did the United States want to increase their influence in the Americas during the 1800s?

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1. Based on the 1904 Roosevelt Corollary, which of the following would NOT result in US military action in case a European state attacked?

2. Why did the United States take action in Cuba, based on the Platt Amendment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The United States has used different means of expanding its influence in the Americas, and this quiz and worksheet will address such methods. Specific information will include legislative amendments affecting the relationship between the US and other nations as well as the approach taken to foreign policy by different presidential administrations.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on:

  • Yankee Imperialism
  • The Roosevelt Corollary
  • Dollar Diplomacy
  • The Platt Amendment

Skills Practiced

These assessments will evaluate your skills of:

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Dollar Diplomacy
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the Platt amendment and the Roosevelt Corollary
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related US Imperialism in the Americas lesson
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about Yankee imperialism in a different light

Additional Learning

Take the time to review the lesson, US Imperialism in the Americas: Causes, Timeline & Examples in order to secure your knowledge of the subject matter. This lesson will cover the following objectives:

  • Define Yankee Imperialism
  • Know details about the Platt amendment
  • Understand the use of so-called Dollar Diplomacy
  • Discover the effects of the Roosevelt Corollary
  • Understand the approaches of different US presidents to foreign policy