Life During Westward Expansion

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In 1845, a fellow named John C. Calhoun coined the term "Manifest Destiny." The term Manifest Destiny was a slogan for westward expansion during the 1840's. In the west there was plenty of land, national security, the spread of democracy, urbanization, but there was also poverty out west. People moved out west in search for a new life such as a new beginning. Moving out west, settlers from the east were taking a risk of a lot of things. The climate was different and there were more cultures that lived out west because of how much land was available. In both of these documents, the writer describes both the interactions with other cultures and also the climate. In John Balls' autobiography, he describes the interactions between the native Hawaiians, Chinese, Japanese, and the American missionaries and diplomats when he landed at Honolulu on December 22, 1833. Originally Ball was on an expedition to Oregon, but when he settled there the Sandwich Islands or now called Hawaii, sounded much better at the time. When he landed at Honolulu, Ball describes how he approached the "splendid view those high volcanic mountains that constitute all of the higher parts of all these Pacific Islands" (Traveler John Ball visits Hawaii in 1833). He describes the islands being 14 miles long on average and the height of the mountains being around 3,000 feet high. The climate of the tropical islands, unlike the contiguous states, was very high in temperature. When Ball landed, he met a Hollander who had been studying the climate the past four years before 1833. He mentioned that the lowest temperature in Hawaii 70 degrees and the highest being 85 degrees (Ball). Honolulu was the principal harbor visited on those islands which means that it was a stopping place or port for all vessels going to China (Ball). Studying Hawaii, Ball noticed a great deal of different cultures living on the islands. Before arriving in Hawaii, Ball was informed that someone on shore apparently knew him. It...
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