Significance Of Manifest Destiny

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Manifest Destiny is a term used to describe the attitude that established during the 19th century with the American expansion. This attitude affirmed that the United States could not only expand from east to west coast but that in fact, it was destined to stretch and gain more territory. However, the land expansion gave a new pride to the ideas about racial superiority and the US being on top and better than anyone else. Manifest Destiny was significant to the development of the United States as its beliefs were the primary force that caused the expansion westward across North America. During this time, this idea was regarded very highly as to the Americans, the expansion offered self-government, self-advancement, self-sufficiency, more income …show more content…
The Mexican-American War was result of this belief and this caused a lot of suffering for many Mexicans, as well as many Native Americans. The second cause of the Mexican-American war was the Texas War of Independence from Mexico. In 1836, after Mexico won independence from Spain, Texas rebelled against the Mexican government to become free and with the help of US, Texas won its independence. Texas, in return, wanted to join the Union in the US; however the United States did not want a conflict with Mexico, and turned down the request. When US decided to purchase Texas and add onto its territory, Mexico refused and this caused tension. The strain between the two nations expanded as Texas eventually became a U.S. state and this caused further disputed to erupt and sparked military confrontation over the border lines and eventually sparked a war between the two nations. The Mexican War stated when a Mexican general Santa Anna and his troops passed the Rio Grande into …show more content…
The Treaty of Guadeloupe Hidalgo stated that the Mexican government had to surrender to the US along with Mexico recognized Texas ' independence. Additionally, the treaty called for the annexation of the northern portions of Mexico to the United States however, in return the U.S. agreed to pay $15 million to Mexico for the seized territory. Everyone was happy with the land and territory gain but eventually the topic of slavery became an issue as they weren’t sure whether the new land would come into the Union as a slave state or a free state; this caused a lot of dispute and un-tranquility. However, to calm much of the tension down, the Compromise of 1850 was passed. The compromise stated that California would join the Union as a free state and to balance it, the newly acquainted Texas be joined as a slave state. The topic of new land gain and slavery would eventually lead the way to the great Civil War.
The tensions between North and South were seen growing in the political parties. Following the Compromise of 1850, the nation 's two major parties: the Whigs and Democrats began to fracture. During the same time, in the North, the Whigs blended into a new party: the Republicans. Forming in 1854, the Republicans were an anti-slavery party. However, in the South, the newly formed anti-slavery party was not liked and this would lead to

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