The Expansion Of The United States

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The progress of expansion in the United States is one filled with complicated, complex, and irrational decisions. Geographically, North America changed dramatically by having the landmass grow, through discovery, by at least doubling what it was before. The European discovery of North America, the Mississippian shatter zone, Louisiana Purchase, and the Mexican-American war are all historical events that changed the path and future of America dramatically, through the making of controversial decisions. The expansion started with humans on the move, and hunters tracking food/game across a recently discovered land bridge from Siberia to Alaska, where they discover an ice-free passage leading to the south. They continue and reach the great…show more content…
This zone was created by the shared circumstances of the uncertainty of the Mississippian world and the inability of Native communities to accept the full force of colonialism. The induction of a hopeful economic system by European buyers; the growth and spread of violence and warfare through the Indian slave trade; and through the rise of military Native slaving unions who held control of the European trade (Ethridge and Shuck p.2). These conditions caused instability in the Mississippi shatter zone. Contact with Europeans did not leave the Natives completely and utterly destroyed. The Mississippian world may have collapsed as a community, but the reformation that followed, people rebuilt their communities and created new social and political parties. These new parties maintained organizations and practices such as town committees, trade, social organizations, corn agriculture, and hunting and gathering. All of which had their origins during the Mississippian Period and possibly even in earlier eras. These organizations and practices proved to be vastly adaptable and could be integrated into the new universal economic situations. In 1803, the United States bought over 800,000 square miles of land from France for 15 million dollars, known as the Louisiana Purchase. The territory included today’s states of Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas,
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