Were the imperialistic actions of the US justified??
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The United States’ imperialistic actions of opening Japan, purchasing Alaska, and creating the Panama Canal were justified. First, in 1853 US Commodore Perry visited Japan. Although Japan was an isolationist nation, meaning it did not want to become involved with other countries, our visit helped Japan to industrialize. If America had not encouraged Japan’s rapid industrialization, a European nation would have probably conquered Japan and turned it into their colony. In 1867, the purchase of Alaska by William Seward, the American Secretary of State cost $7.2 million. Today, the value of Alaska exceeds $9 trillion. That is more than a 10,000% increase in the economic worth of Alaska. Finally, in 1901, President Roosevelt wanted to build a canal through Panama to provide a more efficient travel route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans than the existing voyages through the Strait of Magellan or around Cape Horn in South America. The existing route was about 16,000 miles if a ship traveled from New York to San Francisco, while the route via the Panama Canal was 11,000 miles shorter. In conclusion, the United States had sufficient reasons for its imperialistic actions from 1850 until the turn of the century. - D. G.