How America became a superpower

  • Опубліковано 23 лис 2016
  • America grew from a colony to a superpower in 200 years.
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    2:07 Correction: Cuba seceded from the US in 1902.
    With over 800 military bases around the globe, the US is easily the most powerful nation on earth. But it wasn't always this way. The US once played an insignificant role in global affairs. In this 8-minute video, you can see the transformation.
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  • Vox
    Vox  11 місяців тому +415

    Watch next: Why does the US 800 military bases all around the world?

    • Hoang Long Nguyen
      Hoang Long Nguyen 18 днів тому

      @Thành Hoàng Ngọc Yes and no!!! I dont agree with ya!!!!

    • Jesus Colon
      Jesus Colon 19 днів тому

      Why did you have to go into politics at the end?
      It was a good video until the end!
      My opinion 👍👍

  • MonkeyBricks34
    MonkeyBricks34 17 годин тому

    This is how we know we pay to many taxes if we spend the most

  • Bart about to cry
    Bart about to cry 20 годин тому

    Hiroshima:I see two suns?
    United States:*aight I'ma head out*

  • Hecade
    Hecade День тому

    You guys gotta check your map before you post stuff

  • Wali Hamid
    Wali Hamid День тому

    They just had to add something about trump huh.

  • CrossSavior ForLove
    CrossSavior ForLove День тому

    an american nationalist is called a patroit; but a Chinese patroit is caled nationalist.

  • Bitch Lasagna
    Bitch Lasagna День тому +1

    USA: use these 5 things to become superpower in at least 170 years
    Germany: use these 5 things to become superpower in at least 5 years

    • I like cookies
      I like cookies 20 годин тому

      Germany was never an superpower.

  • GrecoSax
    GrecoSax День тому +1

    United states of jewmerica

    • I like cookies
      I like cookies 19 годин тому

      @GrecoSax ummm.. I don't think blaming the Jews makes sense. *Cough cough* ww2. And also fix your corruption.

    • GrecoSax
      GrecoSax 20 годин тому

      @I like cookies also pay debttt

    • GrecoSax
      GrecoSax 20 годин тому

      @I like cookies umm, i don't think that your sentence make sense.

    • I like cookies
      I like cookies 20 годин тому

      You need to become better at lying.

  • Ian Cadao
    Ian Cadao 2 дні тому

    Naun alam kuna Kong bkit kumalas si p.duterte SA America.. KC ayaw na maging sinud sunuran !!...gstu Ng pilipinas na maging independent country..

  • Aryon
    Aryon 2 дні тому

    Czechoslovakia was never part of the Soviet Union dude.

    • Mimiskoyo Nesskovich
      Mimiskoyo Nesskovich 2 дні тому +1

      i don't think they were trying to say that, they just showed the map weirdly

  • Maarttiin
    Maarttiin 3 дні тому

    Through free market and private initiative.

  • Nabeel Altaf
    Nabeel Altaf 3 дні тому +1

    Producing terrorism across the whole world

  • AsnBlox [ALT]
    AsnBlox [ALT] 3 дні тому +2

    I’m starting to be thinking twice about whether to tax ants or not.

  • Vanz 123
    Vanz 123 4 дні тому

    How I wish USA holds the Philippines as a colony

  • Bilal Mansab
    Bilal Mansab 4 дні тому

    Simply because their divide and rule policy worked

  • The chosen one
    The chosen one 4 дні тому

    Man we could've had Iceland

  • D S
    D S 4 дні тому

    to old

  • Sàlkín Aùréùs
    Sàlkín Aùréùs 4 дні тому

    Winning two World Wars
    You're welcome for not having to watch the video

  • Janeth Lara
    Janeth Lara 4 дні тому

    "VOX" Please, remember AMERICA is a Continent NOT a country. Go back to the school!!!!!

    • The Batman
      The Batman 2 дні тому

      North America is a continent, not USA.

  • Christos Friend
    Christos Friend 4 дні тому

    When you say 'America' do you mean all America? North America? South? Hey Vox.. are you working for the united states of America government?

    • Janeth Lara
      Janeth Lara 4 дні тому

      "VOX" Remember AMERICA is a Continent NOT a country.

  • Glenn Davey
    Glenn Davey 5 днів тому

    Heyyyyy look what happened.... how about that...

  • Arturo Cruck
    Arturo Cruck 5 днів тому

    By invading, causing war, and controlling countries, duh.

    • I like cookies
      I like cookies 20 годин тому

      That didn't happen in ww2 and ww1.

  • The Whisperer
    The Whisperer 5 днів тому

    I saw some history teacher in the University of Newark lecturing people about how Hinduism started after Nazism and shared core values of Nazism and how it's so violent(reading from a note no less), and honestly, I couldn't decide whether to laugh at her lack of knowledge about Hinduism or the sheer hypocrisy of the thought itself. It's like the whole process of this video- You invade places, you preach others not to invade places. Or sometimes, blame people who aren't even doing anything.
    PS: Nothing against Americans as to everyone I know from there's awesome, just some bigots who think they know everything about anything in the world.

  • kolobara08
    kolobara08 5 днів тому

    5:45 Yugoslavia wasn't part of Soviet Union!!!

  • Vintago
    Vintago 6 днів тому +1


  • Abeng Biring
    Abeng Biring 6 днів тому +2

    Please make indonesia (bahasa) subtitle
    Respect from indonesia 🇮🇩

  • Can of Mana
    Can of Mana 7 днів тому +1

    Casually mentioned the genocide of millions of people lol

    • Vintago
      Vintago 5 днів тому

      Not a new thing in the world mate

  • dave h
    dave h 7 днів тому

    Two world wars didn't do any harm

  • Ebolaface
    Ebolaface 8 днів тому

    oh we found out alright

  • BATMAN 800000000
    BATMAN 800000000 8 днів тому

    Now I understand why they believe they’re saviors while destroying countries in name of peace.

  • Yesnoyeswait
    Yesnoyeswait 8 днів тому +1

    Most of the whites still have European heretic. Dont you forget that. All the best civilications started from Europe.

  • haha yes
    haha yes 8 днів тому +1

    quirky comment inbound!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    imagine yourself as a rotting, decaying, disgusting, disease-ridden corpse at the bottom of a grave and then think about how one day that will be you.
    you don't have to be in a grave
    it is because of this thought i have decided to pursue a life that i enjoy more and a life full of excitement and other cool things instead of spending hours on the internet insulting people over something that is actually completely meaningless in the long run. but unfortunately i do not believe the response to my comment will be positive (if anyone even sees this). maybe i will be surprised

  • Diosensopp *_*
    Diosensopp *_* 8 днів тому

    Short answer: destroying other countries economies

  • Sarojinidevi Thambapillai
    Sarojinidevi Thambapillai 9 днів тому

    Americans should learn World history how lots of other countries were rich one time where they now same thing will happened to US if they don’t smartened up

    • Vintago
      Vintago 5 днів тому

      USA will always be the greatest country on the planet

  • Write Your Name Here
    Write Your Name Here 9 днів тому

    Killing people, invading countries, stealing things, manipulating. That's how. Just as every other empire. The good thing, also as every empire, you will fall. It looks like you're already falling.

  • Il Duce
    Il Duce 9 днів тому

    0:37 where’s the Gadsden Purchase 1854?

  • Xxxxtmo 4realfr
    Xxxxtmo 4realfr 9 днів тому

    I am from chile, where the cia put a right wing dictator and I’m glad they did, thanks to them my country ain’t like Cuba, the bad thing it’s that he killed people, but every military intervention would have people kiled

  • YouCanCallMeReTro
    YouCanCallMeReTro 9 днів тому

    No mention of the fact that WW2 was the single greatest turning point in the US's role as a global power. It wasn't until this point that the US became the leader of the free world. This was a huge milestone that you should have put more emphasis on than just treating it as another link in the chain. There's a reason so many US history courses in schools/universities are titled "US history since 1945". Everything changed after WWII.

  • Joyce 31202
    Joyce 31202 9 днів тому

    The US had that Civil war based on what they thought about the so-called inferior races and whether it was okay to keep them enslaved as a way to continue to thrive economically. Believers and detractors fought. The US and Japan both wanted to expand and bumped heads. Interesting.

  • latengocomoburro
    latengocomoburro 10 днів тому

    Man if just we would have bought Greenland. Now we can't anymore.

    • hussein mohammed
      hussein mohammed 8 днів тому

      @latengocomoburro yes. The USA has a reputation for ruining good things

    • latengocomoburro
      latengocomoburro 8 днів тому

      @hussein mohammed Why Mohamed? Just because we are the USA? That is not a valid argument, that is just hate. They will be much better off, They are a burden to Denmark's economy.

    • hussein mohammed
      hussein mohammed 9 днів тому

      Thank god y’all didn’t

  • 김승우
    김승우 11 днів тому

    Please help the Kurds

  • Ahmet Baykoç
    Ahmet Baykoç 11 днів тому

    They even dont win the vietnam war against soviet backed vietnamese farmers how can they be more powerful than the roman empire british empire bc 500 s persian empire ?

  • Ahmet Baykoç
    Ahmet Baykoç 11 днів тому

    US is not the most powerful superpower of all time it was the roman empire

  • R Lyon
    R Lyon 12 днів тому +1

    Vox made me side with trump

  • grantd272
    grantd272 12 днів тому +2

    Step 1 - Another country finds oil
    Step 2 - steal oil and sell it to them
    Step 3 - stonks ↗️

  • baby jay
    baby jay 13 днів тому +1

    America is a brand that wants to be sold for it's sevices like world police and having a growing GDP in order to obtain goods from other countries like oil. My opinion

  • Mlchael Wray
    Mlchael Wray 13 днів тому +1


  • Rolf Cui
    Rolf Cui 14 днів тому

    So Trump really want to save the world...

  • Jesse Mulliniks
    Jesse Mulliniks 14 днів тому


  • Kingvenom 777
    Kingvenom 777 14 днів тому +1

    But the sill had slaves

    KING STAR 15 днів тому

    By war man

  • Alex Sun
    Alex Sun 15 днів тому

    Pssst, you forgot the Gadsden Purchase.

  • Bogdan Iorga
    Bogdan Iorga 15 днів тому

    Thank you for this video.

  • Patrick Lambert
    Patrick Lambert 15 днів тому

    America became a world power by kidnapping and enslaving Africans.Then by slaughtering weaker peoples like the Indians and stealing their resources. They are still doing this today.
    All world powers of history were just a gang of murderers and thieves. These include Rome England and Spain.

    MARSH MELLO 17 днів тому +1

    America is a paid actor

  • Hussein Kassam
    Hussein Kassam 17 днів тому

    (Idk if I am wrong or write) but didnt usa try to take Mexico and canada?

  • JkgP
    JkgP 18 днів тому

    Wow. A super country in the world can't stop a little war at vietnam. That's sound very good. Good work America!

  • Golam Muktadir
    Golam Muktadir 18 днів тому +1

    How America became world terrorist

  • thoisty
    thoisty 18 днів тому

    hardy har har

  • Cerllel D.
    Cerllel D. 20 днів тому

    Why are u using "America" as if this was the name of USA? Pls, go back to school and learn what America really is...

    • Emjoi Joiemoni
      Emjoi Joiemoni 18 днів тому

      America 🇺🇸🇺🇸🦅🦅🎆🎆🌭🌭🍔🍔🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    • Stephen Jenkins
      Stephen Jenkins 20 днів тому

      @Cerllel D. Science and facts? What is your "science" and "facts" in terms of humans naming continents? xD

    • Cerllel D.
      Cerllel D. 20 днів тому

      @Stephen Jenkins Any way, keep lying yourself ignorant.

  • 007 jb
    007 jb 21 день тому +5

    Vox: US is most powerful country
    Vietnamese farmer: huh?

    • Joseph Stalin
      Joseph Stalin 8 днів тому

      @ISIS Member are you still alive

      GREENBIRD 9 днів тому

      It's like Britian v. US again.

    • ISIS Member
      ISIS Member 13 днів тому

      AR10 mostly killed by south Vietnamese and the US and South Vietnam lost the war

    • AR10
      AR10 18 днів тому +2

      007 jb 1,000,000 vietnamese killed 58,000 americans killed

  • mo Gabriel
    mo Gabriel 22 дні тому +5

    "Low level conflict "

  • Coverage Awareness Studio
    Coverage Awareness Studio 22 дні тому +1

    when he hasn't even acted on anything but made more enemies.

  • Serqet Natural Remedies
    Serqet Natural Remedies 23 дні тому

    So America is not a superpower. Russia, China, Europe are superpowers.

    THE 1NTR0VERT 23 дні тому +1

    I don’t know but lady America is looking pretty thick

  • Minji_
    Minji_ 23 дні тому

    Captain america

  • Doug Shoemaker
    Doug Shoemaker 23 дні тому +4

    Let's put our own house in order before we tell others to do the same.

  • Forever VIP
    Forever VIP 23 дні тому +1

    How many non-Americans are watching this? Just curious🤔

  • James Stone
    James Stone 23 дні тому

    America is an idea, a grand belief.... all saying it will fall are mistaken

  • Nicole Lyons
    Nicole Lyons 23 дні тому

    Not everything about American history you read is true. Half of history isn't written in history books to date.

  • Gyanendra Maurya
    Gyanendra Maurya 23 дні тому

    Now who started the rumour that people stopped oiling their hair as US would invade.

  • Jordon Legendary
    Jordon Legendary 24 дні тому

    What I didn’t know Israel was a territory

  • Kim-Jong Un 100 million subs or I declare war

    Now do why North Korea will become a superpower

  • TheCOMICZcorner Studios Abc
    TheCOMICZcorner Studios Abc 25 днів тому

    World military budget graph for 2016 is entirely wrong

  • Lodemé Carp
    Lodemé Carp 25 днів тому +1

    Lets make Philippines as part of States of America!!!

  • Oliver Helbing
    Oliver Helbing 26 днів тому

    The basis of US power is the US dollar after the Bretton Woods agreement.
    Power follows a simple pattern: if you are able to print the money that makes things move, you are in power.
    The major problem however is: all major central banks including the FED are controlled by private interests, meaning democracy is not possible today unless we change those power structures.

  • Rob Layton
    Rob Layton 27 днів тому

    At 6:26 I thought the same thing as Trump! Like why are we giving them anything to protect them from being taken over

  • R.W
    R.W 27 днів тому

    Few opposed the Spanish - American War because the Spaniards blew up our battleship.

  • Farid_Goat 69
    Farid_Goat 69 28 днів тому +43

    Country with oil:*exists*
    America: hippity hoppoty you’re oil is my property

  • Emanuel Brown
    Emanuel Brown 28 днів тому

    Sorry Trump that's not going to happen.

  • Afro Communities Worldwide Information Channel

    One quick answer: slavery

  • skycat04
    skycat04 28 днів тому

    Yes, Trump did dismantle important things, but not actually these institutions... so, as always, he just lied about his intentions before being elected. And in this case, maybe it's a good thing for the world.

  • Game Gamer's
    Game Gamer's 28 днів тому

    China is next super power ?

  • Jose Lico Matozo
    Jose Lico Matozo 28 днів тому

    Joselico gracias 🇺🇸🌎🦅💪🏻

  • SirMontecristo
    SirMontecristo 29 днів тому

    Hahaha, if you watched until the end when Trump is asked about Saudi Arabia and pulling out the support, well after the biggest refinery got hit a few days ago, he is deploying troops over there. Hypocrisy show.

  • orlando124431
    orlando124431 Місяць тому

    Not sure if you can say it’s the most powerful in human history. Powerful for its time yes.

  • TheButtSpanker
    TheButtSpanker Місяць тому +1

    the superpowers since the 1400s
    1400-1600s - The Spanish Empire and Portuguese Empire
    1600s-1947 - The British Empire
    1947-1991 - The Soviet Union and America
    1991-Present - United States of America

    • Macaco Lider
      Macaco Lider 29 днів тому

      TheButtSpanker 1400 to 1600 Portuguese Empire

  • princes Hassi
    princes Hassi Місяць тому

    I am imagining how world would be peaceful If america would be removed from the map of the world. I am really excited for the future.

  • jaio astengo
    jaio astengo Місяць тому

    if Italy becomes usa belong . nato is the answer

  • henk koonstra
    henk koonstra Місяць тому

    Because of capitalism

  • Mohan Lal
    Mohan Lal Місяць тому

    Korea show merrier to America that he is nothing ... hahahhahahahahahhahahah .Korea small country but lion King

  • sanjay sharma
    sanjay sharma Місяць тому

    I wonder what it would be like,if in future some other superpower funds future dictators in the US.

  • Sean Kelly
    Sean Kelly Місяць тому

    Hint * War crimes *

  • Raj at
    Raj at Місяць тому

    Too good videos!

  • Abdul Naeem
    Abdul Naeem Місяць тому +3

    U never highlighted the amount of human right abuses they had to commit to reach their current position.

  • Abdul Naeem
    Abdul Naeem Місяць тому

    The UN was created by america to justify their attrocities over the world (iraq,afghanistan,panama,libya)
    The UN works only on the weak countries.

  • Hoffman's Landscaping
    Hoffman's Landscaping Місяць тому +8

    You know if it's from Vox, it will be anti American.

  • Bob Juniel
    Bob Juniel Місяць тому +1

    History sanitised by USA omissions and distortions. Is this what USA children are told is the full and true story? The USA claimed Hawaii when American terrorists took control in an armed rebellion and deposed the Queen of Hawaii. President Clinton apologised but announced that the USA was there to stay.
    China claims to annex uninhabited islands in the South China Sea, 8564 miles or 13,753 kilometres from the USA. With China there was no killing of local inhabitants, no war or revolution, just a claim to own the islands close to China in China’s major trading sea lanes to the West. The USA claims China may close the sea lanes. But China is ensuring that the sea lanes remain open.
    The USA. Europe and Britain have been invading Asia for hundreds of years but Asians want their independence, self rule, their own territory and the right to manage and profit from their own resources.
    ‘GO HOME YANK!’ The Asian masses whisper.

  • Bird Up
    Bird Up Місяць тому

    because during ww 2, they were able to stay away, so they did not suffer financially, and developed big weapons

  • Marin
    Marin Місяць тому +2

    It's very simple, America have imperialistic politics. They wanna rule the world, they wanna have the biggest amount of weapons, biggest amounts of oil, to control media, to control nations and people's . And this policy is dangerous and wrong and leads to wars and destruction...

    • Dmeads 56
      Dmeads 56 Місяць тому +1

      I see you like conspiracy theory videos.