Manifest Destiny

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Westward Expansion

In the mid-19th century, the West drew increasing numbers of American settlers despite the hardships of the journey and the difficult living conditions that waited them at their journey's end. Thus Americans were immediately sized on the phrase " Manifest Destiny"- believing that United State's destiny is manifest, inevitable, to expand to the Pacific Ocean and into Mexican territory.

Various factors in the United States in early 1800's caused the nation to become grabbed with the Western Expansion. First, there were geographical and psychological issues. After Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase in 1803, which had doubled the United States' size, Americans explored this huge territory in limited numbers. Then the fever of expansion swept through country; Americans believed that their movement westward and southward was destined and ordained by God.

Also, the economic factors influenced the country taking in part in Manifest Destiny. In this period of time, Americans were thirst for the land. Americans wanted to claim land for farming and land speculation because it was an important step toward prosperity. Moreover, the Panic of 1930 with its disastrous consequences convinced many Americans to attempt a fresh start in the West. Also the Santa Fe traders and fur traders of Mountain advertised the West land to the Americans in the East. Furthermore, the opportunity to trade with Asia increased with the transportation revolution and the Oregon Trail because they opened several important harbors for trading. Learning all these good deals about West, many Americans left their homeland for a new start in the West.

During the West movement of 1830's and 1840's, there were many conflicts that American settlers faced. The first problem settlers had to solve was relations with the Native Americans. As the numbers of American settlers grew, the life of Native Americans was greatly affected. The Native Americans tried to maintain...
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