The Louisiana Purchase By John L. O ' Sullivan Essay

1755 Words Jan 1st, 2016 8 Pages
The Louisiana Purchase was a land deal in 1803 made between France and the United States that resulted in America expanding further into the New World and doubling their land size. This real estate deal resulted in the mass acquisition of land made under Jefferson’s presidency and later fueled Polk into wanting to expand further through the mid-19th-century idea of Manifest Destiny. This idea, made by John L. O 'Sullivan, was that it is America’s god-given right to expand from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The synthesis of the Louisiana Purchase and the later idea of Manifest Destiny helped spur many debates over newly gained territories through territorial expansion. These debates arose from issues on whether or not land from the Louisiana Purchase and acquired land from 1830 to 1860 would be slave or free. Although Manifest Destiny and territorial expansion were created to unify the United States from 1830 to 1860, it ultimately, to a greater degree, worked to divide the United States, by further promoting sectional division over slavery through the expansion of land from the annexation of Texas and the acquisition of California from Mexico. This also further created conflict with foreign nations, like Mexico in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848, leading to division in the United States from the inside-out. The big context shaping Manifest Destiny was sectionalism and this shaped events related to territorial expansion during 1830 to 1860. During the…

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