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This is James Polk, the president at the time of American Imperialism
The annexation of Texas brought tensions between the US and Mexico over who has control of Texas.
Meanwhile, the U.S. justified their actions with manifest destiny, the belief that the U.S was destined, by God, to spread its influence.
I think we're doing everyone a favor by taking them under our wing!
This is William McKinley, the president during the Spanish- American war.
The defeat of Spain in the war brought new land for the United States including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines.
Good work, boys.
By the end of the Mexican- American war and the Spanish- American war, America gained new land and expanded their influence overseas.
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