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
- Extended U.S. territory giving more power to the U.S. in the pacific.
Treaty of Paris
- 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
- Created as an easier route for ships to go through the Atlantic or pacific ocean
- Roosevelt extension of the Monroe Doctrine, the U.S. has rights to protect its economic interests in the south & Central America using military forces.
- Create stability and order abroad that would best promote American commercial interests.
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.
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
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
- Required all men in the U.S. to register for the military draft.
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