France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan and Russia all claimed trading rights to certain parts of china. They were dividing China in "spheres influence". Some even claimed to own the territory within their sphere.
I CALL DIBS!!
Empress Dowager of the Ching Dynasty, searched for a new way to rid her empire of foreign parasites.
FOREIGNERS, GET THEM OUT!
YOU'RE MISSING SOME GOOD STUFF IN HERE
The Forbidden City
I HAVE MY BEST SOLDERS ON IT
I AM GOING TO DESTROY THEM
The Empress saw the boxers as an opportunity for her to get rid of the foreign influence in the country. So the Empress lied to the U.S. telling us her Military was defending the missionaries and attacking the Boxers.
MORE MEN HAVE DIED
Meanwhile the Boxers were killing off Christian Missionaries after the Empress turned them against the U.S.. The Empress convinced them to change their slogan to: "support the Ching; destroy the foreigner!"
Eager to rescue ministers under attack, the U.S. sent in troops to fight the boxers. 2,500 sailors and Marines were sent in. The international troops defeated the boxers but continued on to loot the capital and ransack the forbidden City. The empress dowager. disguised as a peasant, escaped the city in a cart.