unit banner

Unit 4: Nationalism, Industrialism, and Imperialism

Lesson F: Imperialism and the New World of the Americas

Activity 3: United States Involvement in Latin America

During the 19th century, the United States increased its involvement in Latin American affairs. The United States took a particular interest in Central America and the Caribbean. First, the United States gained control of all or part of some Caribbean islands after the Spanish-American War. It then, later, sought to secure its economic and military interests around the Panama Canal. In this activity you will examine a series of cartoons depicting American involvement in Latin America and will decide how different people might view the cartoons based upon their own perspectives.


Alternative content

Get Adobe Flash player


image of classroom blackboard with world history written on it

Classroom Activity - Imperialism vs. Interventionism

Discussion Icon Discussion

Directions: Prepare a response to the discussion questions below. Follow your teacher's directions to participate in your class discussion.

  • Throughout this unit you have had many opportunities to analyze imperialism cartoons. Working with a partner, create your own cartoon depicting the imperialism that occurred in Latin America. Be prepared to share and discuss your cartoon.
  • There is debate over whether the actions of the United States in Latin America during this time period should be called interventionism or imperialism. Which term do you think best describes U.S. actions? Consider multiple perspectives in your response and defend your choice with evidence.


❖  ❖  ❖  ❖  ❖  ❖  ❖  ❖  ❖