Manifest Destiny is defined as “ a term for the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast.” (History.com) This idea was widely known during the American Revolution and was the main idea for the colonies independence.
In conclusion, Manifest Destiny changed the U.S. and everyone surrounding economically, socially, and geographically. America was changed economically by making money in different ways, socially by wanting different laws and governments than the surrounding peoples, and finally, geographically because they needed more land to profit from. This was a real turning point for the U.S., the indians were moved from their land, we gained Texas, which expanded our country and opened new land opportunities, and we gained more technology. Where would we be if this all wouldn’t have
settlers were destined to expand across North America focusing westward including those who believed that it was their destiny to accomplish this faced many hardships and conflicts in reaching this goal. In fact 20,000 Americans died trying to reach the West. This idea of moving Westward and renovating oneself transformed the United States economically by benefiting through the discovery of beavers who were used for their pelt and also through the gold rush, politically through laws enforced by President Andrew Jackson and war declared by President James Polk, and through the transformation of social systems that emerged during the 1800s through the 1870s .
Throughout the American history, we have seen “Manifest Destiny” at work, and how it has helped grow our nation. The idea of Manifest Destiny helped in creating revolutions that would help them find freedom in the U.S., but it also had some negative effects. Most believe that “Manifest Destiny” began in the 1840’s, when John L.O’Sullivan coined the term “Manifest Destiny” in 1845, but if we look closer we can see that even all the way back to the first settlers we can see that“Manifest Destiny” was already at work as in, the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The term is defined and recognized as, the Americans belief that it was their destiny given to them by God, to expand into the Western territories “ The whole continent was to be theirs.”1 We
Politicians believed the U.S should conquer western lands which prompted the Indian Removal Act in 1830 by Andrew Jackson.The Act enabled the president to make a deal with Indian tribes in the Southern United States to move to federal land by the Mississippi River in exchange for their territory. The indians tribes had no choice to accept, they were forced to leave their homelands and walk
The Manifest Destiny was the attitude prevalent during the 19th century period of American expansion that the United States not only could, but was destined to, stretch from coast to coast. Manifest Destiny was mainly accomplished by the Monroe Doctrine, the annexation of Texas, and the Mexican-American War, but we were not a true continental power yet. After 1850, the Civil War, westward expansion, and the rise of big business made the United States a true continental power.
Manifest Destiny affected the Native Americans in many ways. First, the Cherokee were forced out of their homelands(Ross).For example, “Despite two favorable supreme court decisions, the Cherokee Indians faced forced evictions from their ancestral homelands”(Ross). A small group of cherokee signed the treaty of New Echota which gave Jackson the the authority to submit the treaty to the senate. The senate approved the treaty, thus forcing other cherokee indians to fight back for their land. Second, many indians died on the Trail of Tears. “During the march, the Cherokee suffered from disease, hunger, and harsh weather”(White pg 296). Being forced on a 800 mile journey unprepared caused one-fourth
The possibility of westbound extension and Manifest Destiny had positive and negative impacts on the governmental issues, society and the financial aspects of the United States and the Native Americans living there at the time. Strategies that were made and Presidents that were chosen supported the general population of the United States and the Native Americans had no real option except to experience the ill effects of the changing and the extending development. There were numerous political impacts of Manifest Destiny that molded the entire development westbound.
The term “Manifest Destiny” was, in part, an expression of a genuine ideal on the part of Americans. Yet it was also a justification to a push and to assume territory. The idea of Manifest Destiny was sparked by revolutionary American writings that encouraged appropriation of Canada. These writings rationalized that the Louisiana Purchase and the Untied States’ annexation of Texas ordained American complete domination of the North American continent. More broadly stated, Manifest destiny was a conviction that God intended North America to be under the control Americans. It’s an assertion of Anglo-Saxon supremacy.
Manifest Destiny was the idea that it was America’s destiny to spread across the entire continent of North America. It was started by a group of expansionist called the Young American Movement and they were affiliated with the Democratic Party. By their idea, America was able to double its size and obtain new land from Mexico and Britain. However, this also caused pain to the Native Americans. In the end, America obtained new land, and its people achieved what they believed to be their God given right to expand and move west.
In the 19th century the manifest destiny was a belief that the expansion of the United States was justified and inevitable. In 1776 the Indian people and European imperial powers controlled most of North American and its people. 80 years later the great territorial expansion that lasted as an ongoing process that caused hours, days, months and years of hard labor continued that caused warfare among Indians and Mexicans. In the 1830s many
It is hard to read anything about the history of the United States without coming across the term “Manifest Destiny”. Manifest Destiny is a term, which was first coined by John L. Sullivan in the summer 1845 issue of the Democratic Review. “Hence it was carried into the debate on the Oregon question in the House of Representatives and proved to be such a convenient summing up of the self-confident nationalist and expansionist sentiment of the time that it passed into the permanent national vocabulary.” (Pratt, 798). The term voiced the idea that God had destined America to spread westward to the pacific. “It meant expansion, prearranged by Heaven, over an area not clearly defined.” (Merk, 24) Expansion westward seemed perfectly natural to many Americans in the mid-nineteenth century as they saw it was their destiny to expand their thriving country. This attitude that it was Americas destiny to expand helped fuel the drive to push west and begin the removal of Native Americans. Manifest Destiny is an extremely important aspect of American History and has ultimately helped to shape The United States into the successful country that is today.
Manifest Destiny is a belief that United States was destined by God to stretch across the continent from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and into Mexican Territory. Manifest Destiny came into act as a result of political pressure on slavery issue and fear of foreign threats. This idea provided opportunity for Americans to spread their beliefs of freedom, liberty and democracy across the continent. Manifest Destiny began with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, expansion plans of Polk (annexation of Texas in 1845), and dispute with Great Britain over Oregon Territory.
Manifest Destiny is a term that was first coined in 1845 by a journalist named John L. O’Sullivan, and was described as America’s destiny to expand, and that it was God’s will that America was to expand. According to Genovese, “The notion of westward expansion and domination of the white races struck a responsive chord in many Americans” (Genovese, 2017). The idea of expanding America’s territory was so popular that is was even later used in Congress to justify the claiming of Oregon’s territory. While the idea of expanding America seemed great to the Americans, it was not so great for those who were living on the land that the Americans would later claim. According to Hastedt, “The failure to assimilate and prosper was the fault of those receiving America’s goodness” (Hastedt, 2016). The Americans felt that they were superior to those whose lands they were trying to take, such as the Native Americans and Mexicans, and that they should be the ones to adopt American culture, even if they were there before the Americans claimed the land. The Americans even thought that those whose lands they were taking would be happy to convert to their way of living, as is stated by Hastedt, “The inherent superiority of American Values was sure to be recognized by those with whom they came in contact and would gladly be adopted” (Hastedt, 2016). This mindset would ultimately lead to the expansion of America, turning it into what we know today, but it would also ultimately result in conflict with those that the American’s were attempting to take the land from for the sake of expansion.
The Manifest Destiny was the name given to the Anglo-American (white) expansion into the West. The Manifest Destiny was based on an idea that white Americans were superior people who believed in God. Americans were to populate North America “sea to shining sea” and spread the religion of Christianity. The Manifest Destiny displayed American’s confidence. Americans moved west for more land, the Manifest Destiny also uplifted American’s freedom and democracy. And it encouraged independence. The United States used the Manifest Destiny to start a war with Mexico from1846 until 1848. The Manifest Destiny communicated American claims to western lands, at once highlighting the nation’s superiority and offering a solution to national anxieties. Ironically, the new territories exacerbated sectional divisions and caused the civil war (Bailey et al., 2015, p 319, and Hardesty 2015).