The Colonization Of The United States Essay

1096 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Nineteenth century America saw much expansion west. People from every state sought to travel out west for various reasons. Some would travel out west for a promise of new life, some sought gold, and others desired to cultivate the vast land. The trials, hardships, and obstacles facing settlers did not deter them; even if it meant clearing out the natives living in those regions. Robert May, writer for PBS, writes that the leading factor driving expansion was Manifest Destiny, the idea that the expansion of the United States was ordained by God. This would later be corrupted, and used for the benefit of those trying to obtain land (May) The inevitable expansion of the U.S. was spearheaded by the negative idea of Manifest Destiny, which became the belief that the obtainment of land had no repercussions. The abhorrent treatment of the Native Americans was the primary result of Manifest Destiny; and religion, racism, and politics justified this treatment. Some said that expansion was inevitable. With several factors contributing to the nation, there were always going to be people trying to move West for one reason or another. As a new, developing country, people were looking at any way to make their land worth more. Finding gold, fending of foreign nations, or having more land for the ever increasing population of farmers, proved that land was a necessity that must be acquired. And since no established government controlled the land in the West of North America, many thought it…

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