Manifest Destiny

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Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny

In the middle of the nineteenth century, many Americans had become in accord with the idea of expanding westward.

People thought that America had a divine right to gain land to the west.

In 1845, this idea, had later influenced the phrase, "manifest destiny," coined by John O'sullivan, a newspaper editor, to illustrate the American mentality.

The Manifest Destiny philosophy, had been furthured when President James K. Polk gained New Mexico and California through war.

In fact, it was Polk who based his presidential campain on Manifest Destiny and westward expansion. Extreemists proceeded to adopt the phrase, "54° 40 or fight," to claim Oregon.

The America that exists today, would not exist, had it not been for American attitude of Manifest Destiny.


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