What was the government of New York like in the late 1800's?
Corrupt. Read Tigers of Tammany by Alfred Connable, Reinhart 1967.
Although many believe that DC was modeled after Paris, it is simply not true. DC was actually modeled after Versailles with an iconic building in the center and large avenues going away from it. Paris only became a city with large public spaces and large avenues in the late 1800s. In the late 1800s the city was designed to look like Versailles, and ironically, DC.
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US Foreign Policy in the late 1800s was jingoistic and imperialistic. The United States believed that it should take its place among the European nations as a world power and colonial administrator. This resulted in the US Signing the Treaty of Kanagawa with Japan, Issuing the Open Door Policy in China, Annexing Hawaii, and Fighting the Spanish-American War to acquire Spain's colonial empire.