The Impact Of The Westward Expansion Of America

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The United States of America officially gained its independence on July 4th, 1776. However, at the time, America only consisted of 13 colonies. The United States was a very small nation and there was desire amongst the people for that to change. The desire for expansion had been in existence since the time period of the Jamestown settlers and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The United States would then begin its westward expansion from 1783 to 1810 with main expansions such as Old Northwest and Southwest, the Louisiana Purchase, and the Florida territory. These key additions to the nation would light a spark in the minds of the American public and would lead to the idea of “Manifest Destiny”. This term is used to describe the territorial expansion of America between the time period in between the War of 1812 and the Civil War. Manifest Destiny is basically the belief that the territorial expansion across the continent was deserved and destined to occur. With this belief in the minds of Americans, the country would continue its growth across the continent through treaties, war, and annexation of land. The Westward Expansion of the United States up until 1860 had a positive effect on the growth of the nation to an extent. The territorial expansion had an effect on the nation politically, economically, and socially. The Westward Expansion of the United States up until 1860 had an effect on the growth of the nation politically. In 1823, President James Monroe delivered what

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