By: Lyndsey Ehmen
How US imperialism affected Puerto Rico
Here is a picture of Puerto Rico's flag.
This is a picture of present day Puerto Rico.
Open Door Policy
This policy played a role in the imperialism of Puerto Rico because it allowed them to be able to trade with China. Any country that was able to trade with China was in good shape. This was because China had a lot of stuff that other countries needed. So if you could get them to trade with you then you would have a lot of products that other countries wish the could have.
Treaty of Paris 1898
This treaty played a very favorable role for the United States. The reason it was so favorable was because Spain had to give up all claims to Cuba, the U.S. gained territory in Puerto Rico and Guam, Spain turned over the Philippines for $20 million. These territorial gains strengthened the military and economic position of the U.S tremendously. John Hay called the Spanish American War the 'splendid little war' because it didn't cost a lot of money for the U.S.