Chapter 27 13 Themes
Empire and Expansion
Big ideas matter. Here are the most important themes for this chapter.
The over-arching theme of chapter 27 is that America took over new lands, mostly in the Caribbean and the Pacific.
- The Spanish-American War saw the U.S. gain Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guantanomo Bay in Cuba, the Philippines, and other smaller islands.
- The Philippines proved to be hard to handle since the Filipino people didn’t want the U.S. there. They waged a guerilla war and resented American control until it was turned back over to the Philippines after WWII.
- The U.S. managed to get an “Open Door Policy” with China. This opened the Asian giant to international trade.
- Teddy Roosevelt became a vigorous president who obtained the land and then built the Panama Canal. His “Big Stick Policy” toward Latin America increased America’s influence, but also increased animosity toward the U.S.