The Idea Of Expansionism, Settling All Of The Lands Essays

1394 Words Oct 26th, 2016 6 Pages
Beginning in the early nineteenth century, the idea of expansionism, settling all of the lands on this continent from coast-to-coast, led to the mindset that Americans came to call Manifest Destiny. As more and more Americans moved west; however, conflict arose with the Native Americans, Mexicans, British, and Spanish who had laid claim to these lands for generations. While the problems encountered were many, they mainly centered on who actually owned the land; just how much land was available; and how would expansion impact the lives of those involved? The idea of expanding westward created many issues with other nations. During the early nineteenth century, the United States only owned land east of the Appalachians. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 allowed people to legally settle in the region west of the Appalachians. However, before approval of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, settlers were settling on the Native American lands west of the Appalachian Mountains, and they were expecting the government to give protection against the native tribes (Greenberg 5). However, this poses problems between the Native Americans and the settlers. As more land was being purchased by the leaders of the United States, more and more Native Americans were losing their land, thus creating more tension between the new settlers and these tribes. One major disagreement is the idea of a single individual owning a piece of land. “The fact that Native Americans generally rejected the…

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