The Age of Imperialism: Summarizing Activity

Territorial Growth, 1865-1917


The U.S. acquired a great deal of territory in the years between the end of the Civil War and the end of World War I. Some of this territory. Some of this territory was on the North American continent. Some of it was “overseas.”


Your task for this activity is to create a project that shows how, when, and from whom the U.S. acquired the following territories:


  • Alaska

  • Puerto Rico

  • American Samoa

  • Midway

  • the Philippines

  • Wake Island

  • Hawaii

  • Guam

  • the American Virgin Islands



Your project could take a number of forms.  Some ideas are:


These are only a few of the possibilities.  Be creative and original, but be sure that you also...


            a) show the growth of the United States,

            b) indicate the sequence in which the territories were acquired, and

            c) explain how, when, and why each territory became a part of the U.S.


Your summarizing project is due the day of the quiz on this material.