U.S. Rise to World Power Timeline

Spanish- American War

April 25, 1898

  • US congress declared war on Spain in retaliation for the explosion on the USS Maine

Hawaiian Annexation

June 1898

  • Extended U.S. territory giving more power to the U.S. in the pacific.

Treaty of Paris

December 1898

  • Ended the Spanish- America war, giving Puerto Rico and Guam to the U.S. and Spain the Philippines

Open Door Policy


  • Giving equal trading rights to all foreign nations of China

Panama Canal


  •   Created as an easier route for ships to go through the Atlantic or pacific ocean

Roosevelt Corollary

December 1904

  • Roosevelt extension of the Monroe Doctrine, the U.S. has rights to protect its economic interests in the south & Central America using military forces.

Dollar diplomacy


  • Create stability and order abroad that would best promote American commercial interests.

German Proclamation

February 15, 1915

  • Germany would sink any ships that enter the waters around British isles

Sinking of Lusitania

May 7, 1915

  • Sunk by German submarine because Germany thought it was filled with weapons.

Sussex pledge

April 24, 1916

  • Germany promised to no to sink and more ships

Failure of Diplomacy

February 3, 1917

  • Germany fails to contribute to the Sussex pledge and continues to attack ships on the US

Zimmerman telegram

February 24, 1917

  • British intercepts Germany’s telegram to Mexico revealing Germany’s plan to ask Mexico to attack the US in exchanged for TX and AZ

Selective Service Act

May 18,1917

  • Required all men in the U.S. to register for the military draft.

Espionage Act

June 15, 1917

  • crime for any person that gives information about the US forces to the country’s enemies.

US enters WWI

April 6 1917

  • U.S. enters WW1 to help Great Britain, France & Russia to defeat Germany

Wilson's 14 Points

January 8, 1918
  • A speech given to the congress declaring peace

Battle of Argonne forest

September 26, 1918

  • Battle fought along the western front in France that ended the war.

Treaty of Versailles

June 28, 1919

  • End WWI and made Germany pay for the damage they caused.

League of Nations

January 10, 1920

  • Create cooperation and peace among the nations

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