America and the Sea: The Rise of an Empire

In today's world, America is considered one of the world's strongest superpowers, with a prescence on every continent and a voice that is heard around the globe. It was not always this way, however. After exploring the frontier, industrial revolution, and civil war changed the status quo of the United States, the relatively young nation was looking to put its mark on the world, no longer just a former colony of Britain struggling to make it on its own. The shift in focus to a global perspective by many leaders, including naval Alfred Thayer Mahan, would prompt a shift in the American agenda that would leave a lasting impression on the world to come. The development of the United States as a superior naval nation would aid in its adaptation from a colony to a political, economic, and military superpower.