Manifest Destiny was a phrase that was made up by journalist John L. O’sullivan back in 1844. The United States wanted to push westward to the frontier such as Texas, California, and Oregon. The reason behind Manifest Destiny was to expand to provide new places to live and jobs. Manifest Destiny is the belief that the Americans could extend themselves from coast to coast. The way Americans conquered the new land were removing the Native Americans from their land.
Other than land and opportunity, there were many reasons someone would have chosen to move to the new land in the west. Among all of the reasons westward expansion was necessary, the biggest was land and opportunity. “Various Native Americans tribes sign a treaty to cede most of what will become Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota; Choctaws cede nearly 8 million acres in Mississippi in return for Oklahoma land.”(Chronology of the United States). This land was bought to increase the amount of farmland in America which would be used for agriculture.”Two territories are created: Michigan (July 1) and Louisiana-Missouri (March 3).”(The American Years). Two territories have been created on the other side of America where more people are not moving to.
Some people rejected the idea and did not feel it was right to support the Indian Removal Act. But the actions caused by that where very harsh and taken very badly for the Native Americans. Even all the people in the south were for it and it wasn’t even alright for the Native Americans. “The New Echta treaty was used to expel 1,700 Cherokee's from their Southern homelands. In the winter of 1838- 1839, 14,000 sauntered 1.200 miles through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Arkansas into Indian land.
In 1845, the idea of Manifest Destiny was created by John O’Sullivan. Manifest Destiny continued to have a large impact on the development of the U.S. Furthermore, Manifest Destiny helped unite the U.S. through the common goal to expand, however, it further developed the split on slavery. Documents one, four, and six show that Manifest destiny led to a common goal to expand westward, specifically, unifying whig and democratic parties to a common objective. The first document was from a Whig journal and it is clear that he was for expansion,” the natural progress of events will undoubtedly give us that province[California]”(document one).
The Manifest Destiny was the expansion of the United States allowing it to stretch from coast to coast. Americans believed that they were fated by God to expand the nation and make the United States more stronger. The Manifest Destiny was believed to be fated by God because many things were easily handed to the Americans such as winning against the United Kingdom in the War of 1812 , taking over Spain without any big conflict and lastly, the Louisiana Purchase by Thomas Jefferson. Both, Jefferson and the Manifest Destiny, took action to make the United States more
had a God given mission to spread its civilization by conquest to the entire western hemisphere no matter who it harmed. The reasons for Manifest Destiny: - Technology like the telegraph, steamships, and railroads liked far distant places like Oregon and California that had seemed to remote. - Belief that the democracy must continue to grow in order to survive and a desire to expand the benefits of Americans. - Southerners were anxious to acquire new lands for additional slave states. - A need to develop new markets made the acquisition of the pacific ports of priority.
New people. New land. The free land was free for Everyone to take. People love free things so why judge Farmers and Slaves when they wanted to start a new beginning. Farmers and Freemen were among the groups of individuals that saw in the Homestead Act the kind of opportunity that led them to the West.
The Mexican war was one of the major events in our US expansion. The Mexican war started when James K Polk became president and wanted to take steps to gain Oregon. Polk wanted to have this battle because it would give the US a chance to expand all the way from east to west coast, have borders on both the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, and it would give us a better fighting advantage over the British. Citizens would also get more opportunity to move in and begin raising crops. In this war we have gained New Mexico, California, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and Texas.
Some Americans believed that United States had the right to take land that belonged to others for their needs and that the “moral justification” for this was that God intended for the America to grow and expand this was named the “manifest destiny.” To the average white American migration to the west meant a better living for families. Our readings suggest that during the 1830s-1850s as a result of the possibility of gold and territory expansion land was vast which created economic opportunities this made moving westward appealing to farmers, ranchers, miners, teachers, servants and others. Families traveled by wagons at times in harsh conditions. As a result of necessity and survival the separation of women and men’s work was not of importance
The Europeans settled in the Americas to get lots of gain. Some of them included the fact that there was more land in the Americas that weren’t claimed (or so they thought) and they would get more land. Another included that because it was “unclaimed” they would be able to immigrate to the Americas and have religious freedom. Another was that as soon as Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas, Spain claimed all of that land. They wanted to find lots of precious metals or minerals.
Immigrants all over the world want to travel to America to fulfill their dreams. Dreams, something everyone has, could over power your life. They could be little dreams or life long dreams. Baba’s dream was to have his children grow up safe and happy. The people