How Did Puritan Utopianism Influence Western Expansion

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Puritan utopianism influenced western expansion by expressing the idea that god wants them to move west. They believed that it was gods will for them to move west in order to influence and teach the infidels how to live a righteous life. Revolutionary republicanism influenced westward expansion with the attitude that liberty and freedom were essential. They believed that moving west would offer them more freedom from government rule (145). During the mid-1800’s western expansion was influenced by economic growth. The attitudes that they needed more land in order to grow as a nation economically lead to more western expansion. So promises of land to homesteaders influenced Americans to travel west for economic gains. The Native Americans were

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