"Should the United States Annex the Philippines?"ÃÂ After defeating Spain in 1898, the United States took control of Guam, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. Then decided to annex Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, but to give Cuba its freedom. Now the United States has to make the decision to annex the Philippine Islands, like Hawaii, Guam, and Puerto Rico, or to give them their freedom, like they did Cuba. It would be in the best interest for President McKinley to acquire the ownership of the Philippines thereby expanding U.S. trade routes and strengthening foreign affairs.
The most important reason to annex the Philippines is for better trade. The United States will have more customers in Eastern Asia and in the Western Pacific. The U.S. will have a stepping stone path from the U.S. to Asia with the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and the Philippines. If the United States takes over the Philippine Islands, the U.S.
will create more jobs for the American people. People will be able to have jobs as sailors to transport goods to other countries; this will help the economy of the U.S. The Philippine Islands have many natural resources and crops that will come to America such as rice, corn, sweet potatoes, cassava, taro, yams, peanuts, beans, string beans, greens, eggplants, tomatoes, onions and many other vegetables. Many fruits are grown there such as papayas, bananas, pineapples, mangoes, jackfruits, pomelos, avocados, oranges, durians, and best of all, coconuts. The availability of these goods will be a benefit to the U.S. economy.
Another reason why the United States should take the Philippines is to teach them religion. The United States wants to bring Christianity into their lives. They also want to civilize the Filipinos so they will be cultured and educated. The Philippines is strategically located,