Unit 5 Class Notes- imperialism and wwi american Expansionism



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The British Blockade- Britain blockaded to German coast and waterways into Europe in order to keep military supplies from reaching its enemies. The blockade list of goods was expanded to include foodstuffs. The blockade had two important consequences.

  • First, neutral American ships heading to Germany refused to challenge the blockade, and subsequently did not reach their German customers.

  • Second, as foodstuffs and fertilizer imports dwindled, a devastating famine decimated the country.

    • As many as 750,000 Germans starved to death.

  • While the British blockade hurt America’s trade with Germany, the German response would push America to the breaking point.





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