United State Rise to World Power Timeline

  • April 25, 1898- The Spanish-American War began between the United States and Spain, because the U.S. did not want the Spaniards to recolonize in the central areas.
  • July 1, 1898- Theodore Roosevelt lead the Rough Riders to the Battle of San Juan Hill. By the end of the day, San Juan Hill is taken by the Rough Riders victory.
  • 1898-The Hawaiian Annexation treaty is signed by McKinley, the U.S. annexed Hawaii.
  • July 26,1898-  The Spanish-American War ends, declares that Spain cede the Philippines, Guam, and Puerto Rico to the U.S. Ending Spain’s colonial empire in the Western Hemisphere and secured the position of the United States as a Pacific power. U.S. victory in the war.
  • November 1903- The U.S is ordered to prevent Colombia from landing troops in the Panamanian province. Two days later, Panamanian independence is declared. Secretary Hay recognizes the new Panamanian government in the quickest recognition then given to a foreign country by the United States to be able to built the Panama Canal.
  • 1913 - The Panama Canal is finished and open for shipping.

  • August 1, 1914 - World War I begins
  • February 15, 1915 - German Proclamation are the waters around the British Isles were to be considered an official war zone and Germany would sink any ship that entered this area.
  • May 7, 1915- Sinking of the Lusitania is British passenger ship (sister ship of the Titanic) was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine killing more than 120 Americans
  • April 24, 1916 Sussex Pledge Germany promises to not sink any more merchant ships without warning.
  • February 3, 1917 Failure of Diplomacy when the German failed on not sinking more merchant ships, continue of unrestricted submarine warfare.
unrestricted submarine warfare continues
  • February 24, 1917-British intelligence intercepts the Zimmerman Telegram which revealed Germany’s plan to ask the Mexican government to attack the U.S. in exchange for TX, NM, & AZ
  • April 6,1917- the United States enters to World war I, declared on Germany.
  • May 18, 1917 Selective Service Act required all men in the U.S. between the ages of 21 and 30 to register for military service.
  • June 15, 1917- The Espionage Act is passed by Congress, which imposes sentences of up to twenty years in prison for anyone found guilty of aiding the enemy, obstructing the recruitment of soldiers, or encouraging disloyalty.
  • 1918- Congress passes the Sedition Act, imposing harsh penalties for anyone using "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the government, flag, or armed forces.
  • January 1918- Wilson sets forth his famous "Fourteen Points" for peace in the world. Most of these are specific to German borders, Polish, Turkish, and Belgian sovereignty, freedom of the seas, and the like, but the final point will cause ripples in the international world for many years.
  • November 11, 1918- World War I ends, victory of the United states at the Battle of Argonne Forest.
  • June 28, 1919- Treaty of Versailles was the peace settlement signed after World War I had ended. Negotiated among the Allied powers with little participation by Germany, its 15 parts and 440 articles reassigned German boundaries and assigned liability for reparations.

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