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Beginning around 1870, the major European powers and Japan looked outward for territories to exploit through colonization or political and economic influence. Sometimes called the age of neo-colonialism, this era generated competition among the major powers, which often led to serious conflicts. As as the industrial revolution generated enormous changes in transportation and communication, American leaders began to rethink her traditional policy of isolationism. America found itself more and more connected with the rest of the world. Thus the rise in status of the U.S. as a World Power was centered around the growth of the U.S. Navy. As the writings of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan turned America's eyes outward, America became a player in the great game of Empire and a factor on the world stage. At first American interests were necessarily concentrated in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. Following the Spanish-American War, America gained an overseas empire. America's entry into the Great War—World War I—in 1917 created another new era in American foreign affairs as President Wilson assumed an international leadership role in his attempt the “make the world safe for democracy.”

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