Chapter 8, Section 1 By. Aedin Vetere
Key Points#1 • Americans expanded their territory by moving west and south. This lead to the purchase of Hawaii and Alaska. This was a driving force in American history.
Key Points #2 • Some Americans wanted the nation to create an Empire. This lead to the take over new lands, they argued, the United States would join the ranks of the world’s great powers. • Americans wanted to trade with Japan so Commodore Matthew Perry traveled to Japan and asked the Japanese to open up their ports to U.S ships. They later signed the Treaty of Kanagawa.
Key Points#3 • As the secretary of state, James invited Latin Americans to a conference in Washington D.C. • This was named the Pan-American Union, which promoted cooperation among member nations.
Vocabulary • Isolation- Non involvement in world affairs. • Imperialism-To exercise political or economic control over smaller or weaker countries. • Expansionism-The expansion of a country’s boundaries • Communicate- Process of exchanging information. • Vision- An imaged plan
Fun Facts • America bought Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. • Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines. • Outsiders first discovered Alaska in 1741 when Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia.