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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-28-05 05:51 AM
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21. Manifest destiny
was distinct from empire-building. Not saying it was better, in any sense, but it is different. Empire-building means extending the control of trade routes, which allow for the empire (city/state) to access the natural resources of "distant" lands .... where the population has a culture (usually: ethnic heritage, language, religion) than the city/state. Empires are often expanded by colonial means; hence, the English settlements in the northeast were a form of empire, as were the Spanish adventures in Central America.

The period of manifest destiny that followed the Civil War was not an effort at empire-building per say; it was an expansion based upon the displacement of native populations, with tactics of genocide used to reach the goal.

Look at when the US extended to "distant" lands as colonies ..... and focus upon the period between WW1 and WW2, and I think you'll find what you are looking for in terms of empire-building.
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