America has had history for taking land in order for the benefit of our country, better known as imperialism. In the past, expansion (which was during the first half of the 19th century) it was in vein of the Manifest destiny, land would be acquired in a radical approach. It was always “Gods will” for America to expand and take from the Mexicans for example, or whoever stood in their way. During the period of time between the late 19th century and early 20th century, America was going through immense changes. After the revolution in Cuba against the Spanish, the Americans intervened to start the Spanish-American War. In return, the Americans received several territorial concessions from their defeated opponent. Thus, this success put America on their path in imperialism . American expansionism in the late 19th century and early 20th century was, to an extent, a continuation of past United States expansionism in terms of spreading the united states influence and culture probed through a robust imperialist society- in return for territorial gains, and spreading imperialism. Throughout the history of the United States, America always had a desire to expand its territories. They acquired most of their land during the nineteenth and early twentieth century- continuing their expansionism. From the first half of the nineteenth century the manifest destiny played a huge role in expansionism. Because it was essentially a radical “God-given” duty to expand and spread its influence. Senator Albert J. Beveridge. in his Speech to 56th Congress, Congressional Record, 1900 states, “We will not abandon our opportunity in the orient. We will not renounce our part in the mission of our race, trustee, under God, of the civilization of the world. … … middle of paper … …sed on the policy of essentially, isolationism. American expansionism in the late 19th century and early 20th century was a continuation of past expansionism, as the united states probed their cultural influence on different lands. America has not only taken the label of an expansionist country, but an robust imperialist one as well. As the United States began to acquire a colonial empire however, it became apparent that the allegedly noble social motives of Manifest Destiny and the spread of liberty merely served to justify the true secular intentions beneath imperialism: a desire for commercial gain and international power. Thus, the expansionism of the united states ultimately a pursuit of these essential self-serving needs that powered American imperialism in to new realms and catapulted the nation to a position of dominance, as they took over worldwide power.