The Conquest of the United States by Spain, 113 Years Later
Coming to mind is the 1899 essay, "The Conquest of the United States by Spain," in which William Graham Sumner explains:
- Spain was the first, for a long time the greatest, of the modern imperialistic states. The United States, by its historical origin, its traditions, and its principles, is the chief representative of the revolt and reaction against that kind of a state. I intend to show that, by the line of action now proposed to us, which we call expansion and imperialism, we are throwing away some of the most important elements of the American symbol and are adopting some of the most important elements of the Spanish symbol.