The Negative Impacts Of Westward Expansion And The Mexican War

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While America began to expand and become more industrialize, not everybody agreed with the ideas and concepts. Due to the difference in opinion there was a lot of controversy and voiced opinions about the westward expansions. While some Americans supported Westward expansions, there was others who opposed Westward expansions. Also some Americans supported the Mexican War, while others opposed the Mexican war. However, both the Westward expansion and the Mexican war had positive and negative effects to the country we live in today. The Westward expansion gave America a chance to expand its territory, while having a chance double the land area of the United States also increased goods, services and wealth but more importantly it gave Americans …show more content…
The territory expansion during the Westward expansion made it possible for the U.S. to acquire more land and in fact, its territory expanded almost 60%. With the United States increasing in land, it open doors to new discoveries, while also giving the American people a chance to experience freedom. However, there wasn’t a lot of Americans thrilled about the idea of going into Native Americans and Mexican territory and taking over their land. It took people like John O’Sullivan in 1839 to speak on the topic so people can have faith about what can come. In 1839, John O’Sullivan became an advocate for the idea of Manifest Destiny, which simply mean that the expansions of the westward area of the country was both justified and predictable. As I mentioned above, many was not comfortable with coming into …show more content…
Whenever there is a conflict or situation with territorial more than likely there a fight or war involved. The Westward expansion was no different. While there was people like John O’Sullivan who was advocates for westward expansion, there where people like W.E. Channing who did not agree with the concept of westward expansion or Manifest Destiny. In W.E. Channing editorial Denouncing Expansion he wrote “Having unfolded the argument against the annexation of Texas from the criminality of the revolt, I proceed to second very solemn consideration, namely, that by this act our country will enter of a career of encroachment, war, and crime, and will merit and incur the punishment and woe of aggravated wrong-doing. The seizure of Texas will not stand alone. It will darken our future history” (Channing 236). Channing made valuable points, because starting a war in your own country reflects the country bad. Channing also believed that by the believing in manifest destiny that it will start a trend that it is acceptable to go and fight for whatever you want until you get it, which will ultimately start more problems. Briefly in W.E. Channing Denouncing Expansion he wrote “Hitherto I have spoken of the annexation of Texas embroiling us with Mexico; but it will not stop here. It will bring us into collisions with other states” (Channing 237). Which again Channing

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