Essay about Territorial Expansion Of The United States

1328 Words May 10th, 2015 6 Pages
In the 19th century, territorial expansion played an important role in the United States. The American people adopted an audacious attitude believing that they had a divine obligation to stretch their boundaries from the east coast to the west coast. In 1845 an editor and prominent democratic politician, John L. O’Sullivan, published an article on the annexation of Texas identifying the imperialistic endeavors of the U.S. with the phrase: Manifest Destiny. He stated, “Our manifest destiny is to overspread the continent allotted by Providence for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.”(Henretta, Edwards, Self, 385) The ideology was stimulated by nationalism and a sense of supremacy. American’s believed that it was their responsibility to spread democracy and extend liberty. Underlying racial superiority established the source of the expansionist movement. Anglo-Saxon Americans proclaimed that they acquired a natural right to move westward, all while imparting their religious inspired specialness over those who do not possess this divinity. The aggressive ambition made a grave impact on the social systems, domestic policies, and economy. The United States greatly benefited from new lands, however, the westward expansion increased conflicts with Native Americans and Hispanics by claiming their territory initially leading up to the Civil War. The United States was determined to occupy territory in order to expand its republican institutions. Securing…

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