How America became a superpower

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America grew from a colony to a superpower in 200 years.


2:07 Correction: Cuba seceded from the US in 1902.

With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn't always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, you can see the transformation.



Troop numbers: "Total Military Personnel and Dependent End Strength By Service, Regional Area, and Country". Defense Manpower Data Center. November 7, 2016.



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Those simpler times when you could literally buy an entire state from a country

Author — Dhruv Datta

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Fun fact: Americans called hamburgers “liberty steaks” during ww2 because they thought “hamburgers” sounded too German.

Author — Andres Hernandez in the comment section

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U.S.: *Starts invading other Islands*
Britain: *Tears Up* Just like its Parents

Author — The Keeper of the High Ground

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America: Topples smaller governments they don’t agree with
Britain: *Tears of parental joy*

Author — Leader Unit H4L

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The US started off as isolationists and became involved in literally everything within fifty years.

Author — O5-4

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USA: *invades other countries and makes them dependent*
UK: *in tears of joy* “That's my son!”

Author — Heinrich “Harry” Gehrsack

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Warning ⚠️ : Everyone, in the comments think’s they are a five star general, and a historian.

Author — Atrocity / зверство

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Video: "low levels of conflict"
Literally the rest of the entire planet: *D O U B T*

Author — MooMilkMilk

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Who’s waiting for the sequel- how America fumbled the bag

Author — mrrandomness

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find out in the next season of america

Author — Jack Long

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Whoever failed to buy greenland - shame.

Author — Mike t

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League Of Nations: Guy who said the joke
NATO: The guy who said it louder

Author — ChezNub _

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*Next up: How Corona Virus became a global superpower*

Author — EL Dinamita

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America in the 1910’s: “a giant European war with millions of deaths? Eh that’ll blow over”

America in the 1950’s-2000’s: “what’s that, an impoverished landlocked nation half the world away said something mean about us? WELL WE BETTER SEND IN THE TROOPS BOYS”

Author — David Johnson

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William H. Seward: " All prosperous nations must expand."

Singapore: Am I a joke to you???

Author — john domdom

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The real reason why the USA is a super power: Geography

Just think about it, we have access to the two largest seas while the only countries that could pose as a threat to the US is from Asia and Europe.

That’s why throughout the development and expansion of the US we were basically untouched.

Author — American Patriot

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A country with oil “exists”
USA : Bad news old sport. You can’t live there anymore.

Author — Michael T

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The US in the 20’s and 30’s: The world is almost entering another war. I better not get involved.
The US in the 60’s: Is Vietnam having a war completely unrelated to us? Better get involved, you never know.

Author — Abel Aguiar

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Teacher: "Ok, Jimmy. If you can chose whatever superpower you can chose, what would it be?"

Jimmy: *"America"*

Author — Azekel Imre

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america has to focus on itself... imagine how much america would be if they just pulled out of global conflicts...

Author — Sultan Qasim