Manifest Destiny Essay

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The idea of Manifest Destiny changed the American Landscape. But, you may think, is it possible for a spiritual belief and religious to have the ability to dramatically influence the manner in which a country is built and the way its people think? I can give you three elements on how I think this new way of thinking came to be. First, the Louisiana Purchase. In this transaction with France, signed on April 30, 1803, the United States purchased 828,000 square miles of land west of the Mississippi River for $15 million. The United States doubled its size, expanding the nation westward, which it is why this was so important. As the United States had expanded, navigation of the Mississippi River and access to the port of New Orleans had become critical to American commerce. In a Thomas Jefferson letter to Pierre Samuel du Pont, he predicted, and I quote, ”This little event, of France possessing herself of Louisiana, … is the embryo of a tornado which will burst on the countries on both shores of the Atlantic and involve in it’s effects their highest destinies. Jefferson also to wrote U.S. Minister to France Robert Livingston: "every eye in the US. is now fixed on this affair of Louisiana. Perhaps nothing since the revolutionary war has produced more uneasy sensations through the body of the nation." The increases in population, commerce, mining, and agriculture from the Louisiana Purchase worked to strengthen the nation. Second, Texas Annexation. During the early colonization

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