Professor Joseph Schantz
28 November 2012
Manifest destiny was originated in the 1840’s. It was the belief that Saxon Americas expanded their civilization and institutions across the North America. This expansion was territorial but the progress of liberty and individual economic opportunity.
Americans began to buy into settling unexplored western frontiers, they first moved into Michigan, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Ohio (Norton 2007). The nation expanded quickly in just five years. Texas negotiated with Britain for half of Oregon country and wanted more as the war with Mexico went on.
The Westward expansion had many consequences for the Native Americans the expansion meant that occupation of their lands. The United States continues with the European practice of recognizing the limited land rights to expand into the West with the legal purchase of Native American land. They were negotiated and signed by tribal members who didn’t have the authority to do so and some didn’t have the lack of knowledge of what they were signing (Dale Van Every, Trail of Tears). Once they signed they were forced out of their land. The Indians were encouraged to sell their Tribal lands and become what they called civilized people. Once they were civilized people they were able to get jobs and be farmers like the white man was allowed to do.
The Native Americans had to be removed before Columbia could bring prosperity as promised to the United States. It was an interesting portrayal and very symbiotic of the thinking of many Americans during that time.
Another interesting symbol was the Manifest Destiny shows a railroad train coming out of the East with smoke coming out of its boiler, it was moving West bringing so called enlightment into the wilderness. Americans in this time have equated civilization with technical development, no matter what the cost was in terms of their spirit and morality.
Expansion and Indian removal created problems for the so...
Cited: Anders, Stephenson “The Ideology and Spirit of Manifest Destiny” In class sources, History 100, SBVC fall 2013.
Thomas. R. Hietala “Empire by Design, Not Destiny”. In class sources, History 100, SBVC Fall 2013.
“Democratic Publicist John L. O’Sullivan Proclaims Americas Manifest Destiny, 1839” In class sources, History 100, SBVC Fall 2013.
“President James K. Polk Lays claim to Texas and Oregon 1845” Document #4, In class sources, History 100, SBVC Fall 2013.
“Polk asks Congress to Declare War on Mexico, 1846” Document #5, In class sources, History 100, SBVC Fall 2013.
“Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster Protests the War with Mexico and the Admission of the New States to the Union, 1848”, In class sources, History 100, SBVC Fall 2013.
Norton, “Manifest Destiny and Expansionism” republic of Texas, Oregon Fever, Polk and the election of 1844, Annexation of Texas.
“Trail of Tears” In class sources, History 100, SBVC 2013.
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