Compared to Europe and Asia, America is a young country, yet it gained prosperity and power very quickly. During the 1800s, the United States, for the most part, kept out of foreign affairs. But when the U.S. came to the aid of Cuba in the Spanish-American war, it suddenly became a strong military presence in the world.
Questions and Answers
Question: Did the U.S. gain anything in the Spanish-American War?
Answer: The U.S. navy and army gained confidence in the strength of their ships, weapons, and skill. The world took notice of their military power for the first time. The U.S. gained the Philippines, Guam and Wake Island as colonies; Puerto Rico became a U.S. Commonwealth. Hawaii was annexed as a part of the U.S.
Question: Was colonization good or bad?
Answer: That depends on who you ask. European countries gained tremendous power and wealth by colonizing countries around the world, but at a high cost to the native people living in those countries, who often lost their land, their property, their freedom, and sometimes their lives in the process.
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