“The expansive future is our arena, and for our history. We are entering on its untrodden space, with the truths of god in our minds, beneficent objects in our hearts, and with a clear conscience unsullied by the past.” This is telling the reader that we have a huge desire to go and capture something that no one can stop us from.” Manifest Destiny” is supporting of expansion, discovering new lands and resources. “Manifest Destiny,” “American Progress,” “Reporting to the President, September 23- December 31, 1806,” all have one thing in common. They all support expansion and the desire to discover new land. They explain why the people wanted to control the land and expand our nation.
Independence from Great Britain was a milestone leading the Americans to building and excel in establishing the United States of America as a country in a whole. Americans felt as if it was their abounding duties to expand westward and settle throughout North America. The term of Manifest Destiny first came about in 1845 by journalist John L. O’Sullivan. O’Sullivan used the term to acknowledge the Americans expansion westward as a “God given” right. The process of Manifest Destiny from 1783 to 1870 promoted development and expansion westward to help form the United States as it is today.
“By 1840s, territorial expansion was viewed by many to be a measure of that [America’s] greatness”. It was the time when Manifest Destiny concept, an idea in special role and destiny of the United States, was highly popular. The concept that consequently justified the expansionism and nationalism. Therefore, Polk’s expansionist impulse, though strong and quite successful, was a product of dominant thoughts that were circulating among Americans. That is way Haynes refers to Polk as being “an agent of Manifest Destiny, not its creator”.
“Once we became an independent people it was as much a law of nature that this [control of all of North America] should become our pretension as that the Mississippi should flow to the sea” –John Quincy Adams (Henretta, p. 384). In the 1840s, Americans had a belief that God destined for them to expand their territory all the way westward to the Pacific Ocean. This idea was called Manifest Destiny. In the nineteenth century, Americans were recognized for coming together and building up one another for one cause: westward expansion. The time of Manifest Destiny was a time of true American brotherhood and comradeship.
The Manifest Destiny ideology, that it was a divinely ordained right and destiny for America to expand westward, towards the Pacific Ocean, was protracted throughout the nineteenth century. Oregon, which was in part occupied by England and in part by the U.S., and the lands owned by Mexico, were an obstacle to such expansion and, consequently, to the economic development. The presidential candidate James K. Polk, guided by the ideology of Manifest Destiny, promised that, if elected, he would push the United States territory westward. His campaign slogan for the occupation of Oregon was “Fifty-four forty or fight”, which was the north latitude that he intended to occupy. In 1846, Great Britain agreed to set the border at the 49th parallel.
The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash would be a phenomenal song to represent the AP World History period of the early modern world from 1450-1750 C.E. for a myriad of reasons. While examining the Early Modern Era, a historian would notice several pointers that suggest that in this period people were coming closer to what our world looks like today. The main reason this song matches the period so nicely is because it outlines the main theme of this time period. This theme lies in the linking of the Western and Eastern World as European explorers like Christopher Columbus discovered and exploited colonies across the world to their own benefits- truly globalizing the continent for the first time.
In the same way Franklin composed a list of virtues he should follow to better himself, Thoman Jefferson composed a document declaring independence to better America. Thomas Jefferson is one of the most widely respected figure in American history. He had an intense belief in equal rights and individual freedoms. In “The Declaration of Independence” Jefferson wrote reasons he believed the Americans should feel compelled to declare their independence. He uses parallelism throughout the document to emphasize this important idea and make his argument stronger after each reason he presented.
XV century inaugurated the start of the European Expansion with Portugal and Spain being the first most successful countries in discovering and colonizing new lands. Spanish colonization of America, without any doubt, was one of the most important events of that period. Stories about lands with many wonderful goods, spices, and other riches encouraged European men, who wanted to enrich themselves and find a better life over the sea, to travel and explore, claiming new lands to become dominions of the sponsoring party, in this case, the Crown of Spain. Christopher Columbus’ first voyage, backed by Queen Isabella of Castile, aimed to find a route to Asia through the West, but was not successful in its goal. However, the result of this unprecedented voyage was more than revolutionary: it discovered the New World.
The gold rush shaped California history. Race and racial inequality have strongly shaped American history from its beginnings. Americans like to think about the establishing of the American colonies and, later, the U.S, as driven by the quest for freedom – at first, religious freedom and later followed by political and economic liberty. However, since
Magna Carta had a significant impact on American history from the very beginning. Since the new colonies was the Frist Charter of Virginia, Sir Edward Coke helped draft of the protection of Magna Carta to North America by confirming that English law had jurisdiction in the new colonies. Sir Edward Coke is one of the leaders praising highly the idea of Magna Carta, in his opinion; Magna Carta is the essence and the cornerstone of British justice and it is more important than any other legal
This document is a map from an atlas which shows the various ways the U.S expanded. This events include the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 accomplished by Thomas Jefferson, the Texas annexation, 1845, the Oregon Country, 1846 and the Mexican cession,1848 all accomplished by James K.Polk. The claim that the actions of the early presidents had a positive outcome on the U.S and its people can be supported by the action of one of the most influential presidents in U.S history, Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln saved the Union during the American Civil War. His leadership during the war was one of no compromise but at the same time understanding that he would eventually have to unite the states once the North won the war.