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American Imperialism is a policy aimed at extending the political, economic, and cultural control of the United States government over areas beyond its boundaries.
It can be accomplished in any number of ways; by military conquest, by treaty, by subsidization, by economic penetration through private companies.
Thomas Jefferson, in the 1790s, awaited the fall of the Spanish Empire "until our population can be sufficiently advanced to gain it from them piece by piece".
In turn, historian Sidney Lens notes that "the urge for expansion – at the expense of other peoples – goes back to the beginnings of the United States itself".
Yale historian Paul Kennedy put it, "From the time the first settlers arrived in Virginia from England and started moving westward, this was an imperial nation, a conquering nation.
Detailing George Washington's description of the early United States as an "infant empire".
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